This is a book by a scholar for scholars. It is an attempt to extract from the body of Santayana's work, especially The Life-of Reason and Realms of Spirit just what place beauty and the aesthetic sense held in his system. Santayana is an original and subtle thinker. He has built up a nomenclature all his own where such words as ""spirit"", ""essence"", ""boeing"" mean- like in Alice in Wonderland- whatever he wants them to mean. Nevertheless his thought is profound and a study of his work extremely rewarding to anyone who can give it careful attention. This is hardly true of Arnett's work which on the whole tends not to illuminate but to confuse an already highly complicated writer. Summarizing Santayana is a dangerous and difficult business. It is better to go to the original source. In fact the best that can be said for this interpretation is that it may stimulate the reader to take a new look at Santayana's work. This is its most constructive claim. Otherwise scholars and philosophers will be the only ones able to read and evaluate it.