Great Ideas

Great Ideas


The first two volumes of the Great Books of the Western World comprise the Syntopicon, an index to the Great Ideas. Contained in these two volumes is an index of nearly 2,000 topics parceled out among 102 ideas. These volumes provide a subject-matter index to writings included in the Great Books of the Western World.

The ideas highlighted below are a sampling of the ideas Harrison Middleton University students have studied.

What ideas interest you?

1. Angel

2. Animal

3. Aristocracy

4. Art

5. Astronomy and Cosmology

6. Beauty

7. Being

8. Cause

9. Chance

10. Change

11. Citizen

12. Constitution

13. Courage

14. Custom and Convention

15. Definition

16. Democracy

17. Desire

18. Dialectic

19. Duty

20. Education

21. Element

22. Emotion

23. Eternity

24. Evolution

25. Experience

26. Family

27. Fate

28. Form

29. God

30. Good and Evil

31. Government

32. Habit

33. Happiness

34. History

35. Honor

36. Hypothesis

37. Idea

38. Immortality

39. Induction

40. Infinity

41. Judgment

42. Justice

43. Knowledge

44. Labor

45. Language

46. Law

47. Liberty

48. Life and Death

49. Logic

50. Love

51. Man

52. Mathematics

53. Matter

54. Mechanics

55. Medicine

56. Memory and Imagination

57. Metaphysics

58. Mind

59. Monarchy

60. Nature

61. Necessity and Contingency

62. Oligarchy

63. One and Many

64. Opinion

65. Opposition

66. Philosophy

67. Physics

68. Pleasure and Pain

69. Poetry

70. Principle

71. Progress

72. Prophecy

73. Prudence

74. Punishment

75. Quality

76. Quantity

77. Reasoning

78. Relation

79. Religion

80. Revolution

81. Rhetoric

82. Same and Other

83. Science

84. Sense

85. Sign and Symbol

86. Sin

87. Slavery

88. Soul

89. Space

90. State

91. Temperance

92. Theology

93. Time

94. Truth

95. Tyranny and Despotism

96. Universal and Particular

97. Virtue and Vice

98. War and Peace

99. Wealth

100. Will

101. Wisdom

102. World


"Wonder. Go on and wonder."
~ Faulkner