Synoptic philosophy comes from the Greek word συνοπτικός sunoptikos ("seeing everything together") and together with the word philosophy, means the love of wisdom emerging from a coherent understanding of everything together.
Phenomenology, attempting to bracket egocentrism, appears to be more synoptic than analytic philosophy, logical atomism and logical positivism. Wilfrid Sellars (1962) used the term 'synoptic'. The Anglo-American philosophy made a synoptic, synthetic turn explicitly during the last quarter of the last century, giving birth or rebirth to absolute idealism, phenomenology, poststructuralism, psychologism, historicism, contextualism, holism, and the like.
- Christian, J. L. (1998). Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers. ISBN 978-0-15-505592-6
- Wilfrid Sellars (1962) "Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man," in: Robert Colodny, ed., Frontiers of Science and Philosophy, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 35-78. Reprinted in Science, Perception and Reality (1963).
- Jay F. Rosenberg (1990) "Fusing the Images: Nachruf for Wilfrid Sellars." Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 21: 1-23.