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Charles Padron

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Charles Padron

64110, United States

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A well-regarded scholar, Charles Padron specializes in examining the works of George Santayana, the charismatic Spanish-American philosopher and best-selling author of The Last Puritan: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel. Santayana was born in Madrid in 1863, spending his childhood in Avila. Santayana then moved to Boston, which served as his home between the ages of 9 and 49. Santayana lived in Europe over the next four decades, finally settling in Rome, where he died in 1952. Charles Padron has been writing about Georges Santayana for nearly 20 years, starting with “The Evolution of a Philosopher-Poet: Santayana’s Philosophy of Poetry, 1896-1910,” in Eidos (1992). In 1996, Charles Padron presented “Santayana’s Scepticism and Animal Faith” at the 28th Annual Tennessee Philosophical Association at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Charles Padron translated a part of Julio Irazustra’s “Mis Conversaciones con Santayana” (“My Conversations with Santayana”), publishing “Conversations in Rome” in Overheard in Seville: the Bulletin of the Santayana Society (1997). At the 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy at the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1999, Charles Padron presented his paper, “Nascent Spirituality and Tragic Value in the Early Santayana.” Charles Padron wrote “Reflections on Santayana and Tragic Value” for his PhD dissertation at Vanderbilt in 2000. Later that year, Charles Padron presented a paper titled “Santayana’s Notion of the Tragic” at the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division in New York City. The following year, Charles Padron published “The Notion of the Tragic in Santayana’s Thought” in Overheard in Seville (2001). Padron contributed a chapter on George Santayana to “American Philosophers Before 1950, Vol. 270 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography” (Gale Cengage, 2002). In 2006, Charles Padron traveled to Poland to present “Santayana’s Conscious Animality” at the Second International Conference on Santayana in Opole. Under Any Sky: Contemporary Readings of George Santayana (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007) includes a chapter by Charles Padron. Limbo, a Madrid-based journal focusing on Santayana, published Padron’s “Crosscurrents Between Giants” in 2007, and “Trek Through the Poetical and Philosophical: Santayana’s Philosophy of Poetry (1896-1910)” in 2008. Recently, Charles Padron has been working on the Spanish-to-English translation of Daniel Moreno's Santayana Filosofo (Santayana’s Philosophy), published by Editorial Trotta of Madrid. Charles Padron serves on the editorial board of Limbo. For a list of Limbo’s editorial board members, visit www.hiperlimbo.com/consejoeditorial.html. 

 

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Stephen F. Austin State University

Assistant Professor

Education

Nacogdoches, TX US

08/1/2001 — 09/1/2007

Taught Philosophy and English courses, from English Composition to upper-level courses in Philosophy and Literature.Taught 3-5 courses per semester, and always taught summer courses.Built up Philosophy from when I arrived with three introductory courses, to a full major when I left in 2007.Invited without solicitaion to present paper on George Santayana in Opole, POLAND.Brought internationally renowned philosophers Robert C. Solomon and John Lachs to campus for stays.

 

 

Charles Padron - Education:     

 

Vanderbilt University

Philosophy

M.A., Ph.D.Nashville, TN US

09/1/1992 — 05/1/2000


Burke Dissertation Fellowship, 1997

 

Bucknell University

Interdepartmental Studies/Literature and Philosophy

M.A.

Lewisburg, PA US

08/1/1990 — 06/1/1992


Graduate Fellow/1990-1992


Georgetown University

Soviet Studies

Washington, DC US

09/1/1982 — 05/1/1985


Universidad Católica

Spanish Literature

Quito, EC01/1/1983 — 05/1/1983


American College in Paris

European Cultural Studies

B.A.

Paris, FR06/1/1980 — 05/1/1982


Richmond College

European History

London, GB

09/1/1979 — 06/1/1980

 

Charles Padron - Interests:    

 

Professional Organizations:
American Philosophical Association The Santayana Society


Community Service:
Volunteer work with Literacy Council of the Ozarks, and Sigma House Rehab Center


Charities:
Ozarks Council of the Blind


Additional Information:
I am currently translating Daniel Moreno-Moreno's SANTAYANA FILOSOFO from Spanish into English. It is published by Editorial Trotta in Madrid.Am currently studying Ancient Intellectual History with Dr. Massimiliano Vitiello.


Hobbies / Activities:
Travel Baseball History


Favorite Authors:
David Foster Wallace Roberto Bolaño Carlos Fuentes


Favorite Books:
Marcus Aurelius, MEDITATIONS Simon Wisenthal, THE SUNFLOWER Graham Greene, THE POWER AND THE GLORY


Favorite Quotes:
Horace,"Why do you smile? Change but the name, and it is of yourself that the tale is told."

 

 

 

 

 

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