This is one of the greatest unread resources available to gain an understanding of the flow of western culture. Criticized for being to Eurocentric, it is titled Great Books of the WESTERN World. In doing a thesis on the development of free will and determinism in western theological thought, this was an invaluable resource. It is the Syntopicon that makes the work valuable. It indexes 102 ideas across all of the included titles. Even the internet and all the resources available cannot yet do this for you, because it is based on ideas, not words. Even an electronic version of all 517 works included could not do this for you, because it took human readers (many of them) thousands of hours to look for these ideas within each of the books included. The twenty-five or so volumes of The Great Ideas Today are great reading, but not indexed, I think. There is also a 10 volume Gateway to the Great Books, also not included but useful. But these 60 volumes are the heart of the series, and with the Syntopicon a resource that will probably never be recreated. This is a great value at the pre-pub price of $99.99!
- Great review rich! I have been waiting for Noet/Logos or Faithlife to publish The Great Books electronically. Can't wait!
- Yes--the Syntopicon, particularly integrated with Noet/Logos, is why I've been wanting this. The work itself and the technology are a perfect match!
- And now, arriving 10 June 2016, is . . . . The Great Books of the Western World! No more typing out Aristotle quotations - which I was just doing this last week. So my most wanted list is down to Strack-Billerbeck in English, which is in 'gathering interest' mode. One of the great unknown resources for understanding Jewish culture as it relates to the NT.