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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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.
McK-Spinoza_Preface.pdf   620 KB
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.
McK-Aristotle_GeneralIntroduction.pdf   12.28 MB
McK-IntroToAristotle_Preface.pdf   560.26 KB
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
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