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Selected Writings of Richard McKeon: Volume One: Philosophy, Science, and Culture (v. 1) Hardcover – March 28, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0226560366 ISBN-10: 0226560368 Edition: 0th

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  • Hardcover: 522 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (March 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226560368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226560366
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David C. Young on April 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First, self-disclosure: I'm not a philosopher. For over 25 years, I've been a counselor & psychotherapist. Ten years before that, I was a conductor & musicologist. I'm also a husband, father, grandfather, and a passionate believer in citizenship.

For all the problems, confusions, opportunities and risks faced in these roles, with only one exception, there's no better, broader or deeper guide than the works of Richard McKeon. And the essays in this volume are an excellent start.

McKeon was a systemic pluralist, not to be confused with relativist. He was a seeker after truth, effective problem-solving, and enlightened tolerance, how to get along, honestly & productively, in an increasingly diverse, shrinking and dangerous world.

For example, in "A Philosopher Meditates on Discovery," the second essay in this book, McKeon writes, "...there is a sense in which truth, though one, has no single expression, and a sense in which truth, though changeless, is rendered false in the uses to which it is put...." He goes on to demolish relativism, showing its links with deadly anti-intellectualism.

This book has the "Rosetta Stone" essay for McKeon's pluralism, "Philosophic Semantics and Philosophic Inquiry". (This may read easier after the book's "General Introduction". If that's not enough, get his book, On Knowing--The Natural Sciences, a transcription of his introduction to philosophy course.
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