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 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.
David rated it it was amazing Oct 27, The Syntopicon’ s list was “arbitrary”, as even Adler admitted. The term “syntopicon” means a collection of topics.
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He went on to study at Columbia University and contributed to the student literary magazine, The Morningsidea poem “Choice” in when Charles A. The relation between science and religion, for example and look up the references to it. These topics serve as headings for other topics grouped analytically thw them.
Paulius rated it liked it Feb 07, Adler also taught philosophy to business executives at the Aspen Institute. It indicated the extent thw which single issues can become multifaceted and thus be treated in different contexts.
The Great Ideas: A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World, Volume I
Once it was decided to create an treat index, no alternative indexing style was possible. For Hutchins, a chief proponent of classical education, the creation of the Syntopicon held even greater implications. David rated it it was amazing May 17, By relating the topics of one chapter to those of other chapters, the Cross-References insex the interconnection of the ideas.
Many interrelationships exist between them: Cross-references follow, where similar ideas are listed.
Look, for instance, at the term education in the Inventory. It should be clear from the foregoing that the Great Books provide the opportunity for virtually any kind of use, from the pure pleasure am reading to the most intensive and detailed research.
Among his editorial team was a young Saul Bellow.
It would do for ideas what previous reference books had done for words and facts. The only way to be sure is to check the outlines and topics listed.
Adler long strove to bring philosophy to the masses, and some of his works such as How to Read a Book became popular bestsellers. Imdex rated it really liked it Sep 05, But consulting the other outlines has not been a waste of time. A perusal of the Syntopicon will make evident the various ways it can be used.
Burtt, and George H. 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. Life and Death 4.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Lists with This Book. Views Read Edit View history. Though he failed to pass the required swimming test for a bachelor’s degree a matter 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.
Immediately after the introductory essay there is the Outline of Topics, which exhibits the thhe structure of the idea. 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. Adler’s competence in the field [of philosophy]” and resisted Adler’s appointment to the University’s Department of Philosophy.