A Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas

A Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas

Mortimer J. Adler
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A Syntopicon: An Index to The Great Ideas (1952; second edition, 1990) is a two-volume index, published as volumes 2 and 3 of Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.’s collection Great Books of the Western World. Compiled by Mortimer J. Adler, an American philosopher, under the guidance of Robert Hutchins, president of the University of Chicago, the volumes were billed as a collection and guide to the most important ideas, clustered under 102 "Great Ideas", of the Western canon. The term “syntopicon” as well as "Great Ideas" were coined specifically for this undertaking, the former a neolatin word meaning “a collection of topics.”
The volumes catalogued what Adler and his team deemed to be the fundamental ideas contained in the works of the Great Books of the Western World, which stretched chronologically from Homer to Freud. 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.

Volume:
1
Year:
1952
Publisher:
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Language:
english
Pages:
1138
Series:
Great books of the Western World
File:
PDF, 72.76 MB
IPFS:
CID , CID Blake2b
english, 1952
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