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So how do I see and read this book? See 1 question about The Great Ideas…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 19, Daniel Taylor rated it it was amazing Shelves: great-books-of-the-western-world.
The first volume of the Synopticon shows that the Great Books talk about two main concerns: the definitions of fundamental concepts and the reasons why we behave as we do. The Great Ideas are the ideas that are common in many of the Great Books. The Synopticon gives an introductory essay on each topic, a guide to readings within the Great Books on that topic, and a list of additional readings that aren't included in the Great Books.
As you can see from the number and diversity of books I've rated The first volume of the Synopticon shows that the Great Books talk about two main concerns: the definitions of fundamental concepts and the reasons why we behave as we do. As you can see from the number and diversity of books I've rated and reviewed on Goodreads, I'm a prolific and eclectic reader.
Reading the Synopticon showed me that most of the concepts I take for granted every day had to be thought through and shaped into a workable practice. I've come away feeling less certain in what I know about anything. This book and all of the Great Books are for every person who lives in Western cultures.
View 1 comment. Jul 17, David Withun rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , philosophy. May 20, Christopher Rush rated it it was amazing. 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.
This is an ironic thing to say about this book, considering it was created for one of the least elite entities in the world: The Great Books of the Western World.
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. Despite what people say, the GBotWW was intended to be for every person, the exact opposite of elitism. Why some people fault Adler and Hutchins and Co.
We all know why they fault Adler and Hutchins and Co. The Syntopicon bears a great deal of the brunt of the ignominy, which is more unclear to me - I suspect people ridicule it without having read it. Perhaps the list of references is somewhat slanted and perhaps incomplete, but that isn't even the real utility of this resource. The introductory essays about each topic are fantastic.
The further reading lists are likewise invaluable. There's a great chance you may have never heard of some of them before It's a commitment to work through it, but it's a far more painful commitment avoiding the ideas here and the GBotWW and thus dooming one's life to mental putrescence. Get a set of the Great Books and start reading - and don't skip the Syntopicon. Dec 16, Ron Banister rated it really liked it. Great method of accessing the Great Books of the Western World.
Aug 18, Ci rated it it was amazing. The authors indicate several ways to use this book, either as a reference which is most likely , or as independent readings. Given its gravity and contents, I will use as reference when certain ideas become critical in other readings. Dec 02, Simon rated it liked it. Very interesting and thought provoking intro to the books in the set, but also very dated. Feb 08, John Waldrip rated it it was amazing.
Having been a Christian for forty-six years, I recently began reading the Great Books, even though they were given to me by R. I remember it as though it was yesterday. We stood in his driveway and I saw the set inside his garage. I asked him if he knew what the set was and he said, "No, my late mother bought them and never read them. He responded, "Are they worth a lot? The Bible reveals the nonbeliever's thought processes to be thoroughly corrupted by indwelling sin. However, I would caution anyone reading this set to be on guard concerning the great flaw of the set.
The editors of the Syntopicon are guilty of moral equivalency, handling the Biblical treatment of subjects and the geniuses they have collected as if the views expressed are equally valid, or equally worth consideration. Not True! God's Word is true because God is true. Keeping that in mind will profit every reader. Carrie rated it it was ok Mar 26, David rated it it was amazing May 17, Damon rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Paulius rated it liked it Feb 07, Freedom Flowers rated it really liked it May 13, Tia Gonzales rated it it was amazing Jul 18, Kdunlop rated it really liked it Nov 06, Sonny Dyon rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Raiyan Ahsan rated it it was amazing Nov 22, PureGrace Orugbo rated it did not like it Aug 28, Richard Munro rated it it was amazing Oct 30, David rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Naveed rated it it was amazing Jun 30, Austin Ramsay rated it really liked it Mar 08, William Godwin rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Matt rated it really liked it Aug 20, David rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Pcgowan rated it liked it Dec 10, Emily Coenen rated it it was amazing Jun 11, Mohamed rated it really liked it Sep 05, Sam Klein rated it liked it Nov 07, Douglas Ross rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Sam Klein rated it liked it Aug 26, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
A Syntopicon; An Index to The Great Ideas
Compiled by Mortimer Adler , an American philosopher, under the guidance of Robert Hutchins , president of the University of Chicago , the volumes were billed as a collection of the great ideas of the western canon. The Syntopicon lists, under each idea, where every occurrence of the concept can be located in the collection's famous works. The Syntopicon was revised as part of the second edition of the collection. The Syntopicon was created to set the Great Books collection apart from previously published sets such as Harvard Classics. With this mission, Adler undertook a project that would consume over a decade of his life: identifying and indexing the western world's Great Ideas.
The Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas
The Great Ideas: A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World, Volume I