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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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
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