From Library Journal
McKeon will eventually be regarded as one of the giants of 20th-century American philosophy. A pioneering theorist of the history of philosophy and its relations with science, he brought medieval philosophy to life and left a strong mark on the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The 22 essays in this volume display him at his best. Six deal with the theory of the history of philosophy; seven with the history of science; five with value theory, human rights, and democracy; and the rest with questions in metaphysics and particular issues in the history of philosophy. They are tied to McKeon's conviction that philosophy is a reflective discipline that deals with the basic organizing idea of our lives and therefore interacts with all other human concerns?sometimes to guide them and sometimes in reaction to the problems they pose. This book should be in all academic libraries, in large public libraries, and wherever there are librarians with the time to guide readers to an important and readable book they might otherwise ignore.?Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa, Canada
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