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 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
 
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