Richard McKeon (1900-1985)


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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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
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
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
"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
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