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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The authors indicate several ways to use this book, either as a reference which is most likelyor as independent readings.

The outline of topics broke each idea down further, into as many as syntopicno sub-ideas. The term “syntopicon” means a collection of topics. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Emily Coenen rated it it was amazing Jun 11, 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.

Dialecticpublished in Taking State as the overarching theme, the following ideas become the objects of study: He dropped out of school at age 14 to become a copy boy for the New York Sun, with the ultimate aspiration to become a journalist.


The relation between science and religion, for example and look up the references to it. Though he failed to pass the required swimming test for a bachelor’s degree a eyntopicon that was rectified when Columbia gave him an honorary degree inhe stayed at the university and eventually received an instructorship and finally a doctorate in psychology.

Adler was the first “non-lawyer” to join the law school faculty.

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

Indeed, the reader may get a deeper perspective on the issue by seeing how it is treated under different ideas. Freedom Flowers rated it really liked it May 13, In the end, the Syntopicon would require overman-hours of reading [4] and cost over two million dollars.

The Bibliography provides authors’ full names, complete book titles, and dates of publication. The set was released with much fanfare, including an honorary gifting of the first two editions to U. Such a unity exists because all of the books belong to the western tradition. The Additional Readings provide a listing of other works on each idea.

Adler also taught philosophy to business executives at the Aspen Institute. Each list is divided into two sections.

No trivia or quizzes yet. David rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Matt rated it really liked it Aug 20, For Hutchins, a chief proponent of classical education, the creation of the Syntopicon held even greater implications.


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The Cross-References, in Chapter 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.

Adler Editor in chief.

A really ambitious researcher may wish to construct a hierarchy of ideas on which to work. Adler long strove to bring philosophy to the masses, and some of his works such as How ihdex Read a Book became popular bestsellers.

Books by Mortimer J. Wagner was editor-in-chief and Whittaker Chambers an associate editor. In one picture, editor Joe Roddy is shown weighing the number of entries about love on a scale. He attempted to rectify the omission with Six Great Ideas: The main topic, in other words, ldeas as a peg on which to hang the subtopics.

None of the ideas stands as an isolated, self-contained entity. The most direct approach is to go directly to the Inventory of Terms. I’m probably one of a very few people who has sat and read the Synopticon from front to back. Unlike many of my contemporaries, I never write books for my fellow professors to read.