GREAT BOOKS OF THE WESTERN WORLD
The Mortola Library, in cooperation with the Department of English on the Pleasantville campus, has set up a display highlighting the Great Books of the Western World in the Library display area. The unique feature of this collection is its index volume: SYNTOPICON (vols. 2-3). Using these two volumes, readers can communicate with great thinkers of the past in the western world who helped shape the civilization of today and a researcher can gain access to the ideas of great philosophers on many topics instantly without combing through texts page by page. The set is so essential for the Arts and Sciences that some liberal arts colleges use these books as the foundation of the educations they offer students and students study from the texts throughout their college years. In the words of a modern scholar, this set is an excellent series for anyone who wants to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. All are invited to view the exhibit which will be on display through the month of February 2005 in the Mortola Library in Pleasantville.
Definition: Index volumes to the Great Ideas contained in the Great Books of the Western World (GBWW) indicating all the wisdoms of the great thinkers and writers on topics of interest. The aim of the Syntopicon is to discover the unity and continuity of the Western thought in the discussion of common themes and problems from one end of tradition to the other. Syntopicon serve as a guide to the readings of GBWW as a unified whole.
The Syntopicon is organized into 102 chapters on broad common themes. Each chapter consists of five parts:
For more information about this display and resource, please contact John Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note: This resource has a copyright of 1952.
Created by Pace University Library
To make the display more attractive and interesting from the standpoint of readers, professors who link a course assignment to Syntopicon and their students who participate by submitting a list of quotes and descriptions from the two volume Syntopicon on the topics of their interest, such as Citizenship, Civic Responsibility, Democracy, Government, Liberty, and so on, were rewarded with a small token of recognition by the Library