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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Examining the materials in chronological order enables the reader to follow the actual development of thought on a topic.

The general theory of the state. But consulting the other outlines has not been a waste of time. William Godwin rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Tia Gonzales rated it it was amazing Jul 18, The abundance of material found under this topic will add significantly to the material gleaned from Life and Death 4.

Truman and Elizabeth II. S rated it it was amazing Jan 14, As the director of editorial planning for the fifteenth edition of Britannica fromhe was instrumental in the major reorganization of knowledge embodied in that edition. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Examples of Syntopicon use.

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

References to the Bible, when present, are always placed first. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

This great conversation across the ages is the living organism whose structure the Syntopicon tries to articulate. By relating the topics of one chapter to those of other chapters, the Cross-References show the interconnection of the ideas.


Having looked at the relevant outlines, the most promising one for research is Life and Death 4. Jul 17, David Withun rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 19, Daniel Taylor rated it it was amazing Shelves: It should be clear from the foregoing that the Great Books provide the opportunity for sntopicon any kind of use, from the pure pleasure of reading to the most intensive and detailed research. A slightly broader range of interest may lead a reader to do research on a major topic that has several subtopics: The introductory essay defines the nature and scope of the idea and serves as a guide to its topics.

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. 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 reader will note that every attempt has been made to bring the lists of Additional Readings as up-to-date as possible, including some books published in Mead had “entertained grave doubts as to Mr. For the convenience of the reader, the authors and titles in all lists are compiled into a single alphabetical list in the Bibliography of Additional Readings in the second volume of the Syntopicon.

Dialecticpublished in Want to Read saving…. Despite what people say, the GBotWW was intended to be for every person, the exact opposite of elitism.

In a succeeding book, Adler expressed his regret that the civil rights concept of Equality had not been selected. State, cite many topics from ideas that were not among the primary ones associated with State.

We all know why syntopcion fault Adler and Hutchins and Co. Carrie rated it it was ok Mar 26, Large and diverse as the number of works in the Great Books is, they freat not exhaust the sgntopicon of authors or books that have made signal contributions to the ideas of western civilization. Ways of using the Syntopicon. The number represents only an editorial judgment made in the interest of constructing the Syntopicon, after careful and judicious reading of the books themselves—and with a general consensus about the major motifs of western society.


Adler felt, through it all, that he was creating something completely new. In his own words: This is an ironic thing to say about this book, considering it was created for one of the least elite entities in the world: There were times, during the process when he admitted: Immediately after the introductory essay there is the Outline of Topics, which exhibits the internal structure of the idea.

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

He went on to study at Columbia University and contributed to the student literary magazine, The Morningsidea poem “Choice” in when Charles A. Despite the extensive press coverage and cross-country speeches, however, sales of the Syntopicon and the Great Books of the Western World were slow.

After researching an idea as broad as State or a more narrowly defined topic, the reader may want to consult the Cross-References printed after the reference sections in greag given outline. Familiarity with the whole outline will assure that the researcher is using the right topic within the correct idea.