I’m largely skeptical of placing George Santayana in the same category as other American pragmatists, but he does have his moments. I stumbled across this great little nugget, which mirrors the late 20th century American pragmatic thinkers (and, in some ways, post-moderns):
[W]e are human beings thinking in moral terms, and we give the name disorder to any order in which we cannot recognize the visible essences to which we are accustomed. Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds. — Dominations and Powers
I’m looking forward to trudging through the rest of the work.