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 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.
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