Great Ideas

Ideas for Inquiry


The Great Books of the Western World as published by Britannica is a resource that students use for identifying classic authors and reading selections. And the Syntopicon, the two-volume introduction and user’s guide to the Great Books of the Western World, provides outlines, indexing, and bibliographies that students use to find additional authors, reading selections, ideas, topics, and subtopics specific to a program of study and related courses.

Oxford Very Short Introductions, a series of over 500 titles published by Oxford University Press, is a research tool that students use for identifying authors, primary source material, and additional ideas, particularly when recent developments in a specific subject area, technical expressions of a classic idea or theme, and contemporary ideas and issues are important to the student’s program of study.

Harrison Middleton University students have studied many of the ideas listed below.

What ideas interest you?

Angel

Animal

Aristocracy

Art

Astronomy and Cosmology

Atheism

Beauty

Being

Capitalism

Cause

Chance

Change

Citizen

Communism

Consciousness

Constitution

Courage

Custom and Convention

Definition

Democracy

Desire

Dialectic

Duty

Education

Element

Emotion

Empire

Environment

Equality

Eternity

Ethics

Evolution

Experience

Family

Fate

Feminism

Form

Free Will

Gender

Geography

Globalization

God

Good and Evil

Government

Habit

Happiness

History

Honor

Human Rights

Hypothesis

Idea

Immortality

Induction

Infinity

Judgment

Justice

Knowledge

Labor

Language

Law

Liberty

Life and Death

Linguistics

Logic

Love

Man

Mathematics

Matter

Mechanics

Medicine

Memory and Imagination

Metaphysics

Mind

Monarchy

Myth

Nationalism

Nature

Necessity and Contingency

Oligarchy

One and Many

Opinion

Opposition

Philosophy

Physics

Pleasure and Pain

Poetry

Politics

Principle

Progress

Prophecy

Prudence

Punishment

Quality

Quantity

Race

Reasoning

Relation

Religion

Revolution

Rhetoric

Same and Other

Science

Sense

Sign and Symbol

Sin

Slavery

Soul

Space

State

Temperance

Theology

Time

Translation

Truth

Tyranny and Despotism

Universal and Particular

Virtue and Vice

War and Peace

Wealth

Will

Wisdom

World


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~ Faulkner