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Professor Daniel N. Robinson, Ph.D.

Professor Daniel N. Robinson
  • Philosophy Faculty, Oxford University; Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Georgetown University
  • City University of New York
Developments in philosophy are chiefly in the form of greater clarity, an ever more refined sense of just what makes the problem problematic. If ignorance is not thereby totally overcome, at least it is exposed.

Dr. Daniel N. Robinson is a member of the philosophy faculty at Oxford University, where he has lectured annually since 1991. He is also Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at Georgetown University, on whose faculty he served for 30 years. He was formerly Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, and he also held positions at Amherst College and at Princeton University.

Professor Robinson earned his Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from City University of New York.

He is past president of two divisions of the American Psychological Association: the Division of History of Psychology, from which he received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, from which he received the Distinguished Contribution Award.

Professor Robinson is author or editor of more than 40 books, including Wild Beasts & Idle Humours: The Insanity Defense from Antiquity to the Present, An Intellectual History of Psychology, The Mind: An Oxford Reader, and Aristotle’s Psychology. He is former editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Dr. Robinson has also published widely on the constitutional history of the U.S. and its philosophical foundations, with original research appearing in the International Journal of Constitutional Law and The American Journal of Jurisprudence. He is coeditor of The American Founding: Its Intellectual and Moral Framework (London: Continuum, 2012).

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36 Courses and Sets

  1. Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition Sale

    Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    Daniel N. Robinson
    Save up to $475.00 Starting at $79.95 $149.95 $79.95$149.95
    These lectures offer a coherent and beautifully articulated introduction to the great philosophic conversation of the ages. They cover an enormous range of seminal thinkers and perspectives, but always from the vantage point of the enduring questions: What can we know? How ought we to act? How should we order our life together? Dr. Robinson's lectures make the ideas of philosophy thrilling, passionate, human, and...
  2. American Ideals:  Founding a "Republic of Virtue" Sale

    American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue"

    Daniel N. Robinson
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $15.95 $29.95 $15.95$29.95
    Just which "ideals" were affirmed by the Founders? What lessons of history were closely studied by them? American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue" is an invitation to enter this part of the American debate regarding human nature and the conditions right for its flourishing. In these carefully crafted lectures, Professor Daniel N. Robinson traces the dominant features of the early American ethos that...
  3. Consciousness and Its Implications Sale

    Consciousness and Its Implications

    Daniel N. Robinson
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $15.95 $29.95 $15.95$29.95
    Join distinguished philosopher, psychologist, and award-winning Professor Daniel N. Robinson and explore fascinating questions about human consciousness in Consciousness and Its Implications. You'll probe the depths of this mysterious subject from the perspective of the philosopher, the psychologist, the scientist, and the doctor. A master storyteller, Professor Robinson brings this riveting topic to life with...
  4. Great Ideas of Psychology

    Great Ideas of Psychology

    Daniel N. Robinson
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    This introduction to psychology stands out because it brilliantly analyzes the larger intellectual context in which the discipline has grown up. From Plato and Aristotle to Freud and Jung, you follow the fascinating debates that occur and recur as one school of thought after another seeks answers to the continuing mysteries of the mind.
  5. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  6. Greek Legacy: Classical Origins of the Modern World Sale

    Greek Legacy: Classical Origins of the Modern World

    Daniel N. Robinson
    Save up to $74.00 Starting at $15.95 $15.95 $15.95$15.95
    In the 12 lectures of Greek Legacy: Classical Origins of the Modern World, explore the continuing influence of the classical Greek achievement on contemporary life. Your guide to the rise, fall, and return of Greek influence on Western culture is acclaimed Professor Daniel N. Robinson. He explores this rich legacy in specific aspects of our 21st-century lives, including: literature, art and architecture, learning,...
  7. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & Consciousness and Its Implications  Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & Consciousness and Its Implications

    Daniel N. Robinson
    Starting at $389.90 Starting at $389.90 $824.90 $389.90$824.90
    Survey the greatest ideas in the history of Western philosophy, and then join a popular philosopher on a rewarding look at the nature of human consciousness. In The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition, explore the long chain of philosophical debate, from the questions posed by Greek thinkers to the radical beliefs held by Nietzsche. Then, join award-winning Professor Daniel N. Robinson and explore fascinating...
  8. (Set) Understanding the Brain & Consciousness and Its Implications  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Brain & Consciousness and Its Implications

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    How does your brain really work? Find out in Understanding the Brain—which examines the inner workings of this astonishing organ—and Consciousness and Its Implications—which looks at the fascinating depths of this mysterious mental state—and learn the epic story of the human mind.
  9. (Set) Privacy, Property, and Free Speech & American Ideals Set

    (Set) Privacy, Property, and Free Speech & American Ideals

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  10. (Set) Science and Religion & Consciousness and Its Implications  Set

    (Set) Science and Religion & Consciousness and Its Implications

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $179.90 Starting at $179.90 $399.90 $179.90$399.90
    What is the nature of the relationship between science and religion? What is the nature of human consciousness? Discover provocative answers to these profound questions in this two-course set. Science and Religion depicts the historical interaction between faith and science and reveals how these two forces have actually been partners in an age-old adventure. Consciousness and Its Implications probes the depths of...
  11. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning  Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $879.90 $429.90$879.90
    What are the greatest ideas of philosophical history? And how can you argue your own ideas? In The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition, survey the long chain of debate that began in ancient history and continues through our contemporary world. Then, strengthen your own ability to successfully argue your views and ideas in Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition.
  12. (Set) Consciousness and Its Implications & Biology and Human Behavior, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Consciousness and Its Implications & Biology and Human Behavior, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    Probe the mysteries of the human mind and the ways we behave in this illuminating course set. Start with Consciousness and Its Implications, which uses real-world anecdotes to explore the mysterious mental state at the heart of human identity. Then, look at the important role the brain, mind, body, and environment each play in affecting our behavior with Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of...
  13. (Set) Great Ideas of Psychology/Theories of Human Development  Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Psychology/Theories of Human Development

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  14. (Set) Tools of Thinking & Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Tools of Thinking & Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $879.90 $429.90$879.90
    Explore how great minds have attempted to understand life's most fundamental issues—and learn how to tackle important questions yourself—in this insightful course set. In Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World through Experience and Reason, learn how to reason effectively in your pursuit of reliable beliefs and useful knowledge. Then, survey how history's greatest philosophers—including...
  15. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & Modern Intellectual Tradition   Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & Modern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $999.90 $499.90$999.90
    First, join Professor Daniel N. Robinson in Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition to explore the great philosophic conversations throughout the ages: What can we know? How ought we to act? How should we order our life together? Then, explore the foundations of modern and contemporary Western approaches to reality and knowledge with The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida guided by award-winning...
  16. (Set) Psychology of Human Behavior & Great Ideas of Psychology  Set

    (Set) Psychology of Human Behavior & Great Ideas of Psychology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  17. (Set)  The Great Ideas of Humankind Set

    (Set) The Great Ideas of Humankind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,754.40 Starting at $3,754.40 $3,754.40 $3,754.40$3,754.40
  18. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,324.90 $649.90$1,324.90
    Get a comprehensive look at more than 3,000 years of Western intellectual ideas and the profound philosophers who developed them. Start by surveying more than 60 of our intellectual tradition's greatest minds in Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition. Then, continue your exploration of Western philosophy with The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition, in which you focus on the concepts and...
  19. (Set) Machiavelli in Context & Great Ideas of Philosophy  Set

    (Set) Machiavelli in Context & Great Ideas of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $879.90 $429.90$879.90
    Who was the real Machiavelli? And what role did he play in the grander scheme of Western philosophy? Find out in Machiavelli in Context, which gives you an intimate look at both the philosopher's life and his great works (including The Prince). Then, consider Machiavelli's achievements alongside those of other great Western thinkers in Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition.
  20. (Set) Consciousness and Its Implications & Great Ideas of Psychology  Set

    (Set) Consciousness and Its Implications & Great Ideas of Psychology

    Daniel N. Robinson
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $719.90 $339.90$719.90
  21. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,144.90 $549.90$1,144.90
    Explore a span of thousands of years during which ancient, medieval, and modern thinkers formulated thoughtful answers to universal questions about truth, justice, values, conduct, and other concerns of humanity, as you also see how Western civilization evolved during approximately the same period and what made it distinctive, in this comprehensive course set. In Professor Daniel N. Robinson's The Great Ideas of...
  22. (Set) Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle & Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle & Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $999.90 $499.90$999.90
    Master more than 3,000 years of rich philosophical discussion. Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle explores the profound impact of these three great philosophers on the subsequent history of human thought. Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition is a revealing examination of how Western philosophers have tackled profound human issues including the problem of knowledge and the problem of...
  23. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & Great Ideas of Psychology  Set on sale

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & Great Ideas of Psychology

    Daniel N. Robinson
    Save up to $895.00 Starting at $129.90 $249.90 $129.90$249.90
    In Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition, survey the long chain of philosophical debate that began in ancient history and continues through our contemporary world. Then, take a similar approach to the field of psychology in Great Ideas of Psychology. Both courses will help you better understand these two piercing areas of human endeavor.
  24. (Set) Roots of Human Behavior/Great Ideas of Psychology: In Bundle Set

    (Set) Roots of Human Behavior/Great Ideas of Psychology: In Bundle

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $494.90 $339.90$494.90
  25. (Set) American Mind; Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution; American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue"; & Cycles of American Political Thought  Set

    (Set) American Mind; Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution; American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue"; & Cycles of American Political Thought

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.80 Starting at $579.80 $1,149.80 $579.80$1,149.80
    Discover just how powerful and unique America's intellectual history is, with this four-course set. Start with The American Mind, a series of 36 lectures that offers you a broad survey of American intellectual history from the Puritans to the modern day. Then, explore the arguments for and against the new Constitution with The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution. American Ideals:...
  26. (Set) The Meaning of Life & Great Ideas of Philosophy Set

    (Set) The Meaning of Life & Great Ideas of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $999.90 $499.90$999.90
  27. No Excuses: Existentialism; Th Set

    No Excuses: Existentialism; Th

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,219.65 Starting at $1,219.65 $2,394.65 $1,219.65$2,394.65
    It took 3,000 years for the ideas of Western philosophy to reach maturity. With these seven in-depth courses, however, you can encompass its broad scope in a matter of weeks. Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition focuses on the long intellectual debate about the nature of the self, the authority of experience, the right way to live life, and more, while Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition...
  28. (Set) The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know & American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue"   Set

    (Set) The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know & American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue"

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $189.90 Starting at $189.90 $284.90 $189.90$284.90
    Look deeper into the Constitution and other founding documents of the United States in this two-course set. The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know helps you fully grasp why we have a First Amendment, what and whom it protects, and why it matters to you personally. American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue" traces the dominant features of the early American ethos that culminated in declared...
  29. (Set) Books That Have Made History & Great Ideas of Philosophy  Set

    (Set) Books That Have Made History & Great Ideas of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $999.90 $499.90$999.90
    These two courses are your chance to investigate profound life lessons and philosophical ideas. In Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, find wisdom in such classic books as the Gospel of Mark, the Divine Comedy, and 1984. In Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition, follow more than 3,000 years of rich philosophical debate between minds such as Plato, Hobbes, and Nietzsche.
  30. (Set)  Great Ideas of Philosophy & American Ideals Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & American Ideals

    Daniel N. Robinson
    Starting at $389.90 Starting at $389.90 $824.90 $389.90$824.90