Richard McKeon: <i>Architecton</i> of Human Powers

Donald N. Levine

in Powers of the Mind

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226475530
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226475783 | DOI:
Richard McKeon: Architecton of Human Powers

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This chapter discusses how Richard McKeon advanced the discourse about human powers. Arriving on the Chicago scene at a critical moment in the 1930s, McKeon decisively shaped the undergraduate curriculum even as he reorganized graduate work in the Humanities Division as dean. Following the deanship, McKeon entered a profoundly creative period in philosophical work in tandem with generative work for UNESCO. In philosophical investigation as in the international arena, McKeon labored to show that people of diverse cultures or philosophical positions can be unified in communication and cooperation without needing consensus in a common ideology. In the mid-1960s, McKeon returned to questions of undergraduate learning. He participated in fresh debates over the college curriculum and issued a series of radical statements on the philosophy of liberal education.

Keywords: University of Chicago; undergraduate curriculum; liberal education; philosophy; humanities

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Subjects: Philosophy and Theory of Education

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