The truth is one and everywhere the same,
yet the expressions of it are many. — Cicero
This paradox forms the basis of the American philosopher Richard McKeon’s inquiry into the apparently irreconcilable differences between cultures and philosophies. It led to his formulation of a philosophy of culture that provides a rational, not controversial, account of that diversity. It creates a middle ground of intellectual pluralism that lies between relativism on the one hand and the fixities of either realism or universalism on the other.
Latest Update 8/28/11
- An extended, privately circulated introduction to “The Philosophy of Aristotle” added to the Publications/On Individuals section.
- Additional articles added to Publications in the On Philosophy and On Themes sections.
- The lecture notes for an entire course on “Semantics and Inquiry,” central aspects of his philosophic orientation, are added to Notes.
- New lecture and discussion, “Where Is Philosophy?”, added under Recordings.
- Six important assessments of McKeon’s pluralist contributions to rhetoric, science, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy are added to Responses.
The heart of McKeon’s approach of intellectual pluralism provides insight across the full spectrum of human endeavor with respect to understanding, action, and creativity. Most importantly, his semantic analyses open outward into a set of arts of inquiry that offer an insightful, powerful, and inventive way to confront humanity’s future.
This website is dedicated to making McKeon’s wide-ranging work more commonly known and appreciated in its diverse applications in human thinking, acting, and feeling. More formally, it will interest those working in the disciplines of the natural sciences, the social sciences, or the humanities.
Here you can find both an introduction to McKeon’s ideas as well as some of his most sophisticated expressions of them. Content includes:
- a general Introduction to his life and work,
- Autobiography narratives,
- a complete Bibliography,
- a selection of his Publications,
- samples of his reading and working Notes,
- Recordings, and
- various Responses to his philosophy.
Those unfamiliar with McKeon’s work may find it helpful to begin with the Introduction for an overview of his life and thought.
Since this website is expanding, please check back from time to time.
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