The Second Step In Syntopical Reading

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The second step in syntopical reading from How To Read A Book From Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren is bringing the author to terms. Coming to terms with an author is different in analytical reading as compared to syntopical reading. An excerpt from page 318:

“Thus it is you who must establish the terms, and bring your authors to them rather than the other way around.

This is probably the most difficult step in syntopical reading. What it really come down to is forcing an author to use your language, rather than using his.”

This is quite different for me than normal analytical reading and I must understand as the author’s state that it is an exercise in translation. I must begin to understand all the authors and build up a set of terms that allows me to solve the problem that I am faced with.


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