The Great ideas: a syntopicon of Great books of the Western World (1952)

Mortimer J. Adler, editor in chief; William Gorman, general editor;

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Contents (order modified from print edition)
Preface
Reference Style
Inventory of Terms
The Great Ideas - Angel ... - Man ...
Bibliography
Syntopical Construction
Preface
I. The Nature of the Syntopicon
II. The Structure of the Syntopicon: [A] The 102 Chapters (each on one of the Great Ideas, containing) (1) Introduction (essay by Mortimer J. Adler); (2) Outline of Topics; (3) References (to works in Great Books of the Western World [GBWW]}; (4) Cross-references (to Topics in other Chapters); (5) Additional Readings (i. by Authors represented in GBWW; ii. by other Authors); [B] The Inventory of Terms; [C] The Principles and Methods of Syntopical Construction;
III. The Uses of the Syntopicon: (1) The Syntopicon as a reference book; (2) The Syntopicon as a book to be read; (3) The Syntopicon as an instrument of liberal educaton; (4) The Syntopicon as an instrument of discovery and research;
Explanation of Reference Style:
I. General Typographical Style: (1) Volume Number; (2) Author's Name; (3) Title of Work; (4) Author's Divisions; (5) Page Sections;
II. Style of Bible References
III. Punctuation, Symbols, Abbreviations: (1) Punctuation; (2) Symbols; (3) Abbreviations;
IV. Table of Authors, Titles, and Author's Divisions Cited
Inventory of Terms - A ...
The Great Ideas:
Chapter 1: Angel - Introduction - Outline of Topics - References - Cross-references - Additional Readings
...
Chapter 51: Man - Introduction - Outline of Topics - References - Cross-references - Additional Readings
...
Appendix I. Bibliography of Additional Readings - A ...
Appendix II. The Principles and Methods of Syntopical Construction:
I. The Great Ideas and the Inventory of Terms
II. The Outlines of Topics and the Cross-references
III. The Introductions: (1) The semantic aim; (2) The historical aim; (3) The analytical aim; (4) The dialectical aim;
IV. The References (A) Problems caused by the special character of certain topics; (B) Problems caused by the special character of certain books; (C) Special problems of scholarship and interpretation;
V. The Additional Readings




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