Underlying the creation of the Syntopicon is the conviction that the books in this Once it was decided to create an idea index, no alternative indexing style was. The xi xii THE GREAT IDEAS various uses of the Syntopicon, described in Section III of this Preface, all derive from its primary purpose to serve as a guide to the. Pages including Index the Great Ideas, two volumes in a set entitled Great Books of the Western World. • These ideas were derived Syntopicon, second edition, to accompany the second edition of the Great Books, written in. and .

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For instance, the word “ecology” is closely related to environment. There were times, during the process when he admitted: The average number of topics in a chapter is thirty, but the actual number varies from as few as six topics Fate to as many as seventy-three God.

The lines along which a syntopical reading of the Great Books can be done are the main lines of the continuous discussion that runs through the thirty centuries of western civilization.

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Adler Editor in chief. Dec 02, Simon rated it liked it. Look, for instance, at the term education in the Inventory.

The introductory essay defines the nature and scope of the idea and serves as a guide to its topics. In a succeeding book, Adler expressed his regret that the civil rights concept of Equality had not been selected. After reading these selections, turn to the Cross-References for additional material. Physical quantitiesand State 2.

Mohamed rated it really liked it Sep 05, The topics found there suggest how research on the environment may be filled out. Dialecticpublished in Adler tells in detail of the contents of the set and the significance of the Syntopicon; 3 Cocktails.

The Great Ideas: A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World, Volume I

Should we decide to look up all the references, these are the authors we shall be consulting: Emily Coenen rated it it was amazing Jun 11, References are arranged in the order in which the authors thr in the set, from Volume 3 to Volume The Syntopicon was created to set the Great Books collection apart from previously published sets such as Harvard Classics.


I’ve come away feeling less certain in what I know about anything. Each chapter has five parts: References to the Bible, when present, are always placed first. Another is the conception that the chief purpose of reading a book is to crack its shell and reach its kernel—the form itself being unimportant decoration.

The Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas. Vol. 1 – Google Books

These topics serve as headings for other topics grouped analytically under them. Letter to Bruce Barton. But consulting the other outlines has not been a waste of time. Despite what people say, the GBotWW was intended to be for every person, the exact opposite of eliti I’m a big fan of being in an elite club, being a consummate elitist, myself – and not many clubs exist in the world today more elite than the “People Who Have Read the Syntopicon” Club, and it feels good to be in it at least half-way.

Jul 17, David Withun rated it it was amazing Shelves: They direct readers to other chapters in which similar, or related, topics are considered. Few people have the patience to pore through hundreds of topics in many outlines. Some individuals may be zealous enough to do research on a whole idea, by looking up all the references to all the topics in it. The Syntopiconhe felt, would be revolutionary, its ireas on par with such events as the creation of the first dictionary.

The outline of topics broke each idea down further, into as many as 15 sub-ideas. A really ambitious researcher may wish to construct a hierarchy of ideas on which to work.

The chapters treat the Inventory of Terms, taken together, are the tools the reader uses to participate in the great conversation across the centuries within the context of each idea. The Syntopicon consists of chapters on the Great Ideas. None of the ideas stands as an isolated, self-contained entity.


Being and knowledgeQuantity 5. The Syntopicon consists of three main parts: Could we dispose of the plates as old metal?

Large and diverse as the number of works in the Great Books is, they do not exhaust the number of authors or books that have made signal contributions to the ideas of western civilization. In the end, the Syntopicon would require overman-hours of reading [4] and cost over two million dollars. Compiled by Mortimer Adleran American philosopher, under the guidance of Robert Hutchinspresident of the University of Chicagothe volumes were billed as a collection of the great ideas of the western canon.

To ask other readers questions about The Great Ideasplease sign up. There was, in other words, no attempt on the part of z editors to predigest or simplify the information available in this set. The topics are the basic, elementary units of the Syntopicon. Mortimer Jerome Adler was an American educator, philosopher, and popular author.

Examples of such “open” topics can be found in the outlines on Being 8. Capitalism, modernism, and the Chicago-Aspen crusade for reform.

As a philosopher he worked with Aristotelian and Thomistic thought.

A slightly broader range of interest may lead a reader to do research on a major topic that has several subtopics: The outlines, devoid of references, are printed immediately following the essays. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Why ideas instead of xn even 90,or no?