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Professor Robert C. Bartlett, Ph.D.

Professor Robert C. Bartlett
  • Boston College
  • Boston College
The philosopher Socrates is fascinating, frustrating, inspiring, and even infuriating. My course is an invitation to meet Socrates through the writings of those who knew him best or most profited from him, above all Plato.

Dr. Robert C. Bartlett is the Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Thought at Boston College. He holds an M.A. in Classics and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College. Professor Bartlett's principal research concerns the history of moral and political philosophy, with special attention to the political thought of classical antiquity. His books are The Idea of Enlightenment: A Postmortem Study (University of Toronto Press, 2001) and Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political Thought of Aristotle (coeditor and contributor, SUNY Press, 1999). He is working on a new translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, to be published by the University of Chicago Press. Repeatedly recognized for excellence in teaching by the Emory University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Professor Bartlett has also received an award for excellence in teaching in the social sciences from the Center for Teaching and Curriculum at Emory and a Crystal Apple for excellence in undergraduate lecturing, an award voted on by the student body.

Testimonials

"Bartlett’s expositions are simply masterful. If you haven’t read the books, you’ll find you want to. If you have, this class will make you see things you’ve never seen before, and it will probably make you want to go back and read them again."

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7 Courses and Sets

  1. Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle

    Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle

    Robert C. Bartlett
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    The arguments of the Greek thinkers Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle represent daring leaps into some of the most profound and intellectually exciting concepts in philosophy. Challenge and satisfy your intellectual curiosity with Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle, an in-depth exploration of the dramatic turn in philosophical direction that began with these three philosophers. Award-winning...
  2. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  3. (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
  4. 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...
  5. (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...
  6. (Set) Masters of Greek Thought & Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Masters of Greek Thought & Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
    Meet some of Western philosophy's greatest thinkers and explore their undeniable impact on how we view and understand the world around us with this two-course set. Start with an engaging introduction to the three ancient thinkers who gave birth to our intellectual tradition in Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle. Then, get a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy as it extends from its...
  7. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.