Quotation by George Santayana

By "essence" I understand a universal, of any degree of complexity and definition, which may be given immediately, whether to sense or to thought.... This object of pure sense or pure thought, with no belief superadded, an object inwardly complete and individual, but without external relations or physical status, is what I call an essence.
George Santayana (1863–1952), U.S. philosopher, essayist. Originally published 1920. "Three Proofs of Realism," Essays in Critical Realism, New York (1968).
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