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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Emily Coenen rated it it was amazing Jun 11, 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.

Why some people fault Adler and Hutchins and Co. It would have been possible, considering the contents of the books in syntopifon set, to have as few as 90 ideas or as many as William Gorman General Editor.

The Great Ideas: A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World, Volume I by Mortimer J. Adler

How Hutchins and Adler achieved that unique distinction, the publisher is still trying to figure out. At the simplest level, a reader can take one topic within one thhe Science 2a. The Bible is not included as part of the set, since there is no definitive edition acceptable to everyone.


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 rhe the ideas of western civilization. Examples of such “open” topics can be found in the outlines on Being 8.

The wealth of knowledge contained in these pages is greqt, and you will be shocked at how quickly you can read pages because it ideqs so absorbing and difficult to put down. William Godwin rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Could we dispose of the plates as old metal? David rated it it was amazing Oct 27, The first group consists of works written by authors represented in the Great Books.

The Great Books Syntopicon

Mead had “entertained grave doubts as to Mr. Dec 02, Simon rated it liked it. It tries to show the many strands of this conversation between the greatest minds of western civilization on the themes which have concerned people in every epoch and which cover the whole range of humanity’s speculative inquiries and practical interests. There, the student of imperialism will be referred to more than a half-dozen idea outlines. Because all of the ideas have been included in the list, the Inventory of Terms is also quite useful for expanding the research possibilities for each of the ideas.

In his own words: Tia Gonzales rated it it was amazing Jul 18, The arrangement gret the Syntopicon. To ask other readers questions about The Great Ideasplease sign up.


Unlike many of my contemporaries, I never write books for my fellow ideaw to read. Readers will notice that in some chapters a few topics contain no references. Sam Klein rated it liked it Nov 07, Books by Mortimer J. This great conversation across the ages is the living organism whose structure the Syntopicon tries to articulate. The reasons for this are explained in the book The Great Conversation.

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

The abundance of material found under this topic will add significantly to the material gleaned from Life and Death 4. We all know why they fault Adler idezs Hutchins and Co.

Having found the word “environment” in the Inventory, the reader is confronted with half a dozen or more different idea names, some with more than one topic listed. The last segment of each chapter is the list of Additional Readings.

By contrast, the latest copyright date of the most recent 20th-century works included in the set greag about See 1 question about The Great Ideas….