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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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
 
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ON RHETORIC
 
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