Introduction and Syntopical Guide (Gateway to the Great Books, #1)

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The Gateway Introduction makes a case for embracing general knowledge (vs. Introduction and Syntopical Guide (Gateway to the Great Books, #1) PDF EBook technical or techne knowledge) by revealing an “ever changing / progressing” labor landscape.

Part of a set published in 1963, the first argument becomes interesting on two points:

a.With the specific citing of examples of technical / vocational “learning,” (“training” is, perhaps, a better term), the argument then fails, (given our current economy).

b.An irony emerges highlighting that the study of “liberal arts” subjects has taken on, now, the precise “uselessness” of an “outdated technical knowledge” as cited.

Yet, the overall argument here still holds—since the authors call for a desire “to know” as part of what it means to be human.

The “middle part” of the Intro breaks down and explains the organization of both the Gateway set of books as well as the Great Books set.

Finally, the last two- PDFthirds of this volume is made up of the Gateway Syntopicon—a listing of each work in the set coupled to various topoi, (102), and subsequent references to other works in the whole set.

Consequently, the reader can “trace” authors, works, and theses based upon any respective topic.

In all honesty, the first third of the volume is a joy to read whereas the latter two-thirds becomes, frankly, a drudgery.

To have all the syntopicon volumes in a digital format with the works themselves rendered in traditional print format would be “the ideal” for this reader.

The syntopicon volumes allow for incisive supplemental reading for the reader as s/he approaches various ways to read. A strict topical reading could keep a reader in a circle of referential reading for years, literally.

For myself, I plan to use the syntopicons as “touchstones” as I progress sequentially—referring to the syntopicon essays with each reading.

Incidentally, despite our current economy, I still do agree with the editors’ view of a founded liberal arts.

One point brought up, either here or in the Introduction to the Great Books, is that of “owning” the book. The editors suggest that buying the book is simply a purchase. One “owns” a book when one has engaged with it in a meaningful way—a point that I now have embraced.
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