Richard McKeon (1900-1985)

Publications

The following is a small sampling from Richard McKeon’s nearly 160 articles and 12 books. The division of these publications is, of course, only one of a number that are possible; and individual essays, likewise, might easily be assigned to different headings. Nevertheless, the intent of this grouping is to suggest that even at his most general and abstract, for example, in the exploration of “themes,” McKeon’s ideas are grounded in an extraordinarily detailed knowledge of “individuals” and of “periods” throughout the full range of philosophy. Moreover, much of his distinctiveness arises from the joining of that unique scholarship with an inventiveness undiminished throughout a long career. Hopefully, the selection below will suggest to the viewer something of the depth and breadth of McKeon’s contribution.

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REVIEWS
1936 Untitled [- of Literary Criticism in Antiquity, J. W. H. Atkins]
In Modern Philology, vol. 34, no. 2 (Nov 1936), pp. 195-197.
McK-Review_Atkins_Nov'36.pdf   216 KB
  Untitled [- of The Tradition of Boethius: A Study of His Importance in Medieval Culture, Howard Rollin Patch]
In Modern Philology, vol. 34, no. 2 (Nov 1936), pp. 197-198.
McK-Review_Patch_Nov'36.pdf   148 KB
  Untitled [- of Science et philosophie de l'histoire, Henri Sée]
In Journal of Modern History, vol. 8, no. 4 (Dec 1936), pp. 489-490.
McK-Review_See_Dec'36.pdf   228 KB
1937 Untitled [- of Plato's Theory of Knowledge: The Theatetus and the Sophist of Plato, trans. Francis MacDonald Cornford; and The Political Philosophies of Plato and Hegel, M. B. Foster]
In International Journal of Ethics, vol. 47, no. 2 (Jan 1937), pp. 244-249.
McK-Review_Cornford+Foster_Jan'37.pdf   220 KB
  Untitled [- of Teologia: Libro Primo, Tomaso Campanella]
In International Journal of Ethics, vol. 47, no. 2 (Jan 1937), pp. 258-260.
McK-Review_Campanella_Jan'37.pdf   228 KB
  Untitled [- of The Early Philosophers of Greece, intro. Matthew Thompson McClure, trans. Richard Lattimore]
In International Journal of Ethics, vol. 47, no. 3 (Apr 1937), pp. 399-402.
McK-Review_McClure+Lattimore_Apr'37.pdf   308 KB
  Untitled [- of Plato's Thought, G. M. A. Grube]
In Classical Philology, vol. 32, no. 3 (Jul 1937), pp. 278-280.
McK-Review_Grube_Jul'37.pdf   184 KB
1938 Untitled [- of Plato's Conception of Philosophy, H. Gauss; and What Plato Thinks, Gustav E. Mueller]
In International Journal of Ethics, vol. 48, no. 2 (Jan 1938), pp. 247-249.
McK-Review_Gauss+Mueller_Jan'38a.pdf   192 KB
1944 Untitled [- of English Literary Criticism: The Medieval Phase, J. W. H. Atkins]
In Modern Philology, vol. 42, no. 1 (Aug 1944), pp. 59-60.
McK-Review_Atkins_Aug'44.pdf   232 KB
1946 Untitled [- of Ideas in America, Howard Mumford Jones]
In Ethics, vol. 56, no. 2 (Jan 1946), pp. 144-145.
McK-Review_Jones_Jan'46.pdf   208 KB
1963 Untitled [- of The Six Books of a Commonweale, Jean Bodin]
In Ethics, vol. 74, no. 1 (Oct 1963), pp. 74-75.
McK-Review_Bodin_Oct'63.pdf   116 KB
 
ON INDIVIDUALS
1928 "Preface"; "Introduction"; and Pt 2, Ch 6: "The Unity of Spinoza's Thought"
In Richard McKeon, The Philosophy of Spinoza: The Unity of His Thought (London: Longmans, Green, 1928). Reprinted by Ox Bow Press (Woodbridge, CT: 1987), pp. vii-viii, 3-20, 313-17.
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McK-Spinoza_Introduction.pdf   6.8 MB
McK-Spinoza_UnityOfSpinoza'sThought.pdf   1.9 MB
1940 “The Philosophy of Aristotle”
Initial 50,000-word manuscript dated November 1940, which was subsequently reduced to 10,000 words by January 1941, of McKeon’s introduction to his 1,489-page edition of The Basic Works of Aristotle (New York: Random House, 1941). He had the longer version reproduced, informally bound, and circulated privately among his colleagues and students.
McK-PhilOfAristotle(1of5).pdf   11 MB
McK-PhilOfAristotle(2of5).pdf   15.2 MB
McK-PhilOfAristotle(3of5).pdf   11.4 MB
McK-PhilOfAristotle(4of5).pdf   10.9 MB
McK-PhilOfAristotle(5of5).pdf   15.1 MB
1945 "Remarks on the Occasion of the Seventieth Birthday of Thomas Mann (June 6, 1945) Made at a Dinner Given to Him in Chicago, June 29, 1945”
In Richard McKeon, Thought, Action, and Passion (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1954), pp. 223-27.
McK-ThomasMann.pdf   1.51 MB
1950 “Introduction to the Philosophy of Cicero”
In Marcus Tullius Cicero, Brutus, On the Nature of the Gods, On Divination, On Duties, trans. Hubert M. Poteat (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1950), pp. 1-65.
McK-Cicero_Introduction.pdf   18.23 MB
1959 “Foreword”
In The Edicts of Asoka, edited and translated by N. A. Nikam and Richard McKeon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1959), pp. v-xvii.
McK-EdictsofAsoka_Foreword.pdf   3.1 MB
1973 “General Introduction”
In Introduction to Aristotle, 2nd ed., revised and enlarged, ed. Richard McKeon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973), pp. ix-lii. Also see his Preface.
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1979 Pride and Prejudice: Thought, Character, Argument, and Plot"
In Critical Inquiry, vol. 5 (1979), pp. 511-27. Reprinted in Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, vol. 2, ed. Zahava K. McKeon and William G. Swenson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), pp. 70-85.
McK-Pride&Prejudice.pdf   4.89 MB
 
ON PERIODS
1936 "Literary Criticism and the Concept of Imitation in Antiquity"
In Modern Philology, vol. 34 (Aug 1936), pp. 1-35. Reprinted in Critics and Criticism: Ancient and Modern, ed. R. S. Crane (Chicago: University of Chicago,1952), pp. 147-75.
McK-LiteraryCriiticism&ImitationInAntiquity.pdf   1.8 MB
1979 "The Hellenistic and Roman Foundations of the Tradition of Aristotle in the West"
In Review of Metaphysics, vol. 32 (Jun 1979), pp. 677-715. Reprinted in Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, vol. 1, ed. Zahava K. McKeon and William G. Swenson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), pp. 304-34.
McK-Hellenistic&RomanFdnsOfAristotleInWest.pdf   2.4 MB
 
ON DISCIPLINES
NATURAL SCIENCES
1963 “Philosophic Problems in the Natural Sciences”
Lecture Two in Richard McKeon, On Knowing—The Natural Sciences, ed. David B. Owen and Zahava K. McKeon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), pp. 12-24. For the background of this Lecture, also see the “Foreword.”
McK-OnKnowing-NatSci_Lecture2.pdf   4.04 MB
McK-OnKnowing-NatSci_Foreword.pdf   976 KB
SOCIAL SCIENCES
1938 "The Development of the Concept of Property in Political Philosophy: A Study of the Background of the Constitution"
In Ethics, vol. 48, no. 3 (Apr 1938), pp. 297-366.
McK-DevelopmentOfConceptOfProperty.pdf   1.2 MB
1941 "Aristotle's Conception of Moral and Political Philosophy"
In Ethics, vol. 51, no. 3 (Apr 1941), pp. 253-90.
McK-Aristotle'sConceptionOfMoral&PolitPhil.pdf   2.2 MB
1947 "Economic, Political, and Moral Communities in the World Society"
In Ethics, vol. 57, no 2 (Jan 1947), pp. 79-91.
McK-EconomicPolitical&MoralCommunities.pdf   344 KB
1948 "The Philosophic Bases and Material Circumstances of the Rights of Man"
In Ethics, vol. 58, no. 3, part 1 (Apr 1948), pp.180-87.
McK-PhilBases&MaterialCircumOfRightsOfMan.pdf   292 KB
1950 "Philosophy and the Diversity of Cultures"
In Ethics, vol. 60, no. 4 (Jul 1950), pp. 233-60.
McK-Philosophy&DiversityOfCultures.pdf   628 KB
1965 “Has History a Direction? Philosophical Principles and Objective Interpretations”
In La compréhension de l'histoire: Entretiens de Jerusalem (4-8 avril 1965), ed. Nathan Rotenstreich (Jerusalem: Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 1968), pp. 63-79, 87-101. Reprinted in Richard McKeon, Freedom and History and Other Essays: An introduction to the thought of Richard McKeon, ed. Zahava K. McKeon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), pp. 126-59.
McK-HasHistoryADirection.pdf   10.8 MB
1978 "Person and Community: Metaphysical and Political"
In Ethics, vol. 88, no. 3 (Apr 1978), pp. 207-17.
McK-Person&Community.pdf   840 KB
HUMANITIES
1943 "The Philosophic Bases of Art and Criticism"
Modern Philology, vol. 41 (1943), pp. 65-87, 129-71. Reprinted in Critics and Criticism, Ancient and Modern, ed. Ronald Crane (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1952), pp. 463-545.
McK-PhilBasesOfArt&Criticism.pdf   29.8 MB
1946-
 1947
"Aristotle's Conception of Language and the Arts of Language"
In Classical Philology, vol. 41, no. 4 (Oct 1946): pp. 193-206; and vol. 42, no.1 (Jan 1947): pp. 21-50. Reprinted in Critics and Criticism: Ancient and Modern, ed. R. S. Crane (Chicago: University of Chicago Press,1952), pp. 176-231.
McK-Aristotle'sConceptionOfLanguage_Parts1+2.pdf   3.6 MB
 
ON PHILOSOPHY
1952 “A Philosopher Meditates on Discovery”
In Moments of Personal Discovery, ed. R. M. MacIver, Religion and Civilization Series (New York: Institute for Religious and Social Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1952; distributed by Harper & Brothers), pp. 105-32. Reprinted in Richard McKeon, Rhetoric: Essays in Invention and Discovery, ed. Mark Backman (Woodbridge, CT: Ox Bow Press, 1987), pp. 194-220. Reprinted in Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, vol. 1, ed. Zahava K. McKeon and William G. Swenson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), pp. 41-60.
McK-PhilosopherMeditates.pdf   6.8 MB
1953 “Spiritual Autobiography”
Originally published as “Richard McKeon,” in Thirteen Americans: Their Spiritual Autobiographies, ed. Louis Finkelstein (New York: Institute for Religious and Social Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1953; distributed by Harper & Brothers), pp. 77-114. Renamed and reprinted in Richard McKeon, Freedom and History and Other Essays: An introduction to the thought of Richard McKeon, ed. Zahava K. McKeon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), pp. 3-36.
McK-SpiritualAutobiography.pdf   11 MB
1956 “Dialogue and Controversy in Philosophy”
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. 17, no. 2 (December 1956): pp. 143-63. Reprinted in Richard McKeon, Freedom and History and Other Essays: An introduction to the thought of Richard McKeon, ed. Zahava K. McKeon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), pp. 103-25.
McK-Dialogue&ControversyInPhil.pdf   7.2 MB
1957 "Communication, Truth and Society"
In Ethics, vol. 67, no. 2 (Jan 1957), pp. 89-99. Reprinted in Freedom and History, and Other Essays: An Introduction to the Thought of Richard McKeon, ed. Zahava K. McKeon (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1990), pp. pp. 88-102. Also reprinted in Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, vol. 1, ed. Zahava K. McKeon and William G. Swenson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), pp. 394-405.
McK-CommunicationTruth&Society.pdf   292 KB
1963 "An Introduction to Philosophic Problems"
Lecture One in Richard McKeon, On Knowing—The Natural Sciences, ed. David B. Owen and Zahava K. McKeon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), pp. 1-11. For the background of this lecture, also see the “Foreword.”
McK-OnKnowing-NatSci_Lecture1.pdf   3.8 MB
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1963 “Preface”
In The Great Ideas Program, ed. Mortimer J. Adler, vol. 10 (Philosophy) (Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1963), pp.v-ix.
McK-Preface_GreatIdeasProgram.pdf   880 KB
1966 "Philosophic Semantics and Philosophic Inquiry"
Unpublished contribution to the Illinois Philosophy Conference, held at Carbondale, Illinois, 26 February 1966. First published in Richard McKeon, Freedom and History and Other Essays: An Introduction to the Thought of Richard McKeon, ed. Zahava K. McKeon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), pp. 242-56. Reprinted in Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, vol. 1, ed. Zahava K. McKeon and William G. Swenson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), pp. 209-21.
McK-PhilosophicSemantics&Inquiry.pdf   6.1 MB
1978 "Philosophy as an Agent of Civilization"
In Philosophy and Civilization: Proceedings of the First Afro-Asian Philosophy Conference, March 13-16, 1978, ed. Mourad Wahba (Cairo), pp. 127-37. Revised and reprinted in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. 41, no. 4 (Jun 1981), pp. 419-36. Also reprinted in Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, vol. 1, ed. Zahava K. McKeon and William G. Swenson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), pp. 468-82.
McK-PhilosophyAsAnAgentOfCivilization.pdf   1.1 MB
1986 “Pluralism of Interpretations and Pluralism of Objects, Actions, and Statements Interpreted”
Critical Inquiry, vol. 12 (Spring 1986), pp. 577-96.
McK-PluralismOfInterpretations.pdf   6.5 MB
 
ON RHETORIC
1942 "Rhetoric in the Middle Ages"
In Speculum, vol. 17, no. 1 (Jan 1942), pp. 1-32. Reprinted in Critics and Criticism: Ancient and Modern, ed. R. S. Crane (Chicago: University of Chicago Press,1952), pp. 260-96. Also reprinted in Richard McKeon, Rhetoric: Essays in Invention & Discovery, ed. Mark Backman (Woodbridge, CT: Ox Bow Press, 1987), pp. 121-66.
McK-RhetoricInMiddleAges.pdf   968 KB
1946 "Poetry and Philosophy in the Twelfth Century: The Renaissance of Rhetoric"
In Modern Philology, vol. 43 (1946), pp. 217-34. Reprinted in Richard McKeon, Rhetoric: Essays in Invention & Discovery, ed. Mark Backman (Woodbridge, CT: Ox Bow Press, 1987), pp. 167-93.
McK-Poetry&PhilosophyIn12C.pdf   8.53 MB
1965 "Rhetoric and Poetic in the Philosophy of Aristotle"
In Aristotle's Poetics and English Literature: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Elder Olson(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1965), pp. 201-36. Reprinted in Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, vol. 1, ed. Zahava K. McKeon and William G. Swenson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), pp. 137-64.
McK-Rhetoric&PoeticInPhilOfAristotle.pdf   8.7 MB
1975 “Arts of Invention and Arts of Memory”
Critical Inquiry, vol. 1 (June 1975), pp. 723-39.
McK-ArtsOfInvention&Memory.pdf   7.3 MB
 
ON ARTS
1937 "Education and the Disciplines"
In Ethics, vol. 47, no. 3 (Apr 1937), pp. 370-81.
McK-Education&TheDisciplines.pdf   268 KB
1953 "Thinking, Doing, and Teaching"
In Ethics, vol. 64, no. 1 (Oct 1953), pp. 52-55.
McK-ThinkingDoing&Teaching.pdf   152 KB
1954 "Dialectic and Political Thought and Action"
In Ethics, vol. 65, no. 1 (Oct 1954), pp. 1-33.
McK-Dialectic&PoliticalThought&Action.pdf   848 KB
1968 "Character and the Arts and Disciplines"
In Ethics, vol. 78, no. 2 (January 1968), pp. 109-23. Reprinted in Approaches to Education for Character: Strategies for Change in Higher Education, ed. Clarence H. Faust and Jessica Feingold (New York: Columbia University Press, 1969), pp. 51-71. Also reprinted in Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, vol. 2, ed. Zahava K. McKeon and William G. Swenson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), pp. 283-98.
McK-Character&Arts&Disciplines.pdf   544 KB
 
ON THEMES
1954 “Introduction”
In Richard McKeon, Thought, Action, and Passion (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1954), pp. 1-29.
McK-ThoughtAction&Passion-Intro.pdf   7.5 MB
  "Love and Philosophical Analysis"
Originally delivered as “Symposia,” the Presidential Address of the Western Division of the American Philosophical Association, and published in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Association for 1951-52, pp. 18-41. Revised and renamed in Richard McKeon, Thought, Action, and Passion (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1954), pp. 30-53.
McK-Love&PhilosophicalAnalysis.pdf   7.6 MB
1957 “Encyclopaedia”
In Encyclopaedia Britannica, vol 8 (Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1958), pp. 424-431.
McK-Encyclopedia.pdf   1.5 MB
1958 “Culture and Humanity”
In Encyclopaedia Britannica, vol 5 (Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1958), p. 743.
McK-Culture&Humanity.pdf   176 KB
1966 “The Concept of Mankind and Mental Health”
Ethics, vol. LXXVII, no. 1 (October 1966), pp. 29-37.
McK-ConceptOfMankind.pdf   3.9 MB
1967 “The Battle of the Books”
In The Knowledge Most Worth Having, ed. Wayne C. Booth (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967), pp. 173-202. Reprinted in Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, vol. 2, ed. Zahava K. McKeon and William G. Swenson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), pp. 217-34.
McK-BattleOfTheBooks.pdf   5.7 MB
1974 "Time and Temporality"
In Philosophy East and West, vol. 24, no. 2 (Apr 1974), pp. 123-28.
McK-TimeAndTemporality.pdf   444 KB
1976 "Canonic Books and Prohibited Books: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Religion and Culture"
In Critical Inquiry, vol. 2, no. 4 (Summer 1976), pp. 781-806.
McK-CanonicBooks&ProhibitedBooks.pdf   5.7 MB
   
(For additional, unpublished explorations by McKeon of his conception of themes, see the Notes and Recordings sections.)
 
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