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Professor Robert C. Solomon

Professor Robert C. Solomon
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Michigan
What I want to ask you is to look at emotions, as I have, as something wondrous, something mysterious, something exotic, as well as something dangerous, something profound, and something valuable.
Dr. Robert C. Solomon was the Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Business and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for more than 30 years. He earned his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy and psychology from the University of Michigan. He held visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania; the University of Auckland, New Zealand; UCLA; Princeton University; and Mount Holyoke College. Professor Solomon won many teaching honors, including the Standard Oil Outstanding Teaching Award; the President's Associates Teaching Award (twice); and the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award. In addition, he was a member of Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT, which is devoted to providing leadership in improving the quality and depth of undergraduate instruction. Professor Solomon wrote or edited more than 45 books, including The Passions, About Love, Ethics and Excellence, A Short History of Philosophy with Professor Kathleen Higgins, A Better Way to Think about Business, The Joy of Philosophy, Spirituality for the Skeptic, Not Passion's Slave, and In Defense of Sentimentality. He also designed and provided programs for corporations and organizations around the world. Professor Solomon passed away in early 2007.

"Professor Solomon is an absolute scholar, but most importantly, his presentations and writings are understandable as a layman! I have watched and read everything this professor has produced and he is marvelous!"


"Challenging, provocative, and anything but passe. Dr. Solomon's no nonsense, take no prisoner delivery commands the attention this subject so richly deserves in an age of confused righteousness."


"The most excited I've been about "education" in a long time, including my college years. Thank to Professor Solomon for putting this old brain to work!"

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5 Courses

  1. No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life Sale

    No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Robert C. Solomon
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    The message of Existentialism, unlike that of many more obscure and academic philosophical movements, is about as simple as can be. It is that every one of us, as an individual, is responsible—responsible for what we do and responsible for whom we are. If you want to enrich your own understanding of this philosophical movement, the thinkers it brought together, and the prominent role it still plays in contemporary...
  2. Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions

    Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions

    Robert C. Solomon
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Far from being routine, emotions are "the key to the meaning of life," says distinguished philosopher and author Robert C. Solomon, who in these 24 lectures takes you on a tour of his more than three-decade-long intellectual struggle to reach an understanding of these complex phenomena. His conclusions can be surprising and very much against the current of common sense.
  3. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition Sale

    Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    Robert C. Solomon
    Save up to $520.00 Starting at $94.95 $179.95 $94.95$179.95
    This course brings together 12 professors for 84 lectures on more than 60 of the most important thinkers in history. Enjoy the benefit of learning from the finest scholar-teachers active today while you study the key ideas of influential philosophers from the pre-Socratics to the Postmodernists. The curriculum is comprehensive, incisive, and thought-provoking—in short, an intellectual experience to be...
  4. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Robert C. Solomon
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  5. Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    Robert C. Solomon
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Among shapers of contemporary thought, Friedrich Nietzsche is the most mysterious and least understood. To provide flow to Nietzsche’s often puzzling and misunderstood works, this course focuses on the ideas that preoccupied him, while tracing the profound themes that shaped his oeuvre. Is it possible that these themes form the basis of modern Humanistic culture?