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Professor Robert C. Solomon, Ph.D.

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

    No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Robert C. Solomon
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    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?
  6. (Set) Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Get two searing yet sympathetic treatments of Existentialism and some of their greatest philosophers. Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche explores the life and works of one of philosophy's most mysterious and least understood figures. No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life is a thoughtful and reflective course on the foundations of the Existentialist movement.
  7. (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy  Set

    (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.70 Starting at $879.70 $1,714.70 $879.70$1,714.70
    Learn possible answers to some of the most challenging and profound questions about human existence with this exclusive set of philosophy courses. Discover the answers to key questions about the nature of mind—one of the most hotly debated issues in modern philosophy—in Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines. In Why Evil Exists, embark on a dynamic inquiry into Western...
  8. (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...
  9. (Set) Questions of Value & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Questions of Value & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Learn possible answers to some of the most profound questions we can ask about life and the world around us in this set that brings together two illuminating philosophy courses. Questions of Value helps you fine-tune your ability to see how deeper questions of ethics and values apply to the choices that make up our lives. No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life takes you inside a fascinating school of...
  10. (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche  Set

    (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Discover the answers to some of the most important questions in the history of our Western intellectual tradition. Do you make your own choices in life, or have circumstances beyond your control already decided your destiny? Learn the intriguing details of this fundamental philosophical query with Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism. Why is Friedrich Nietzsche the most misinterpreted and unfairly...
  11. (Set) Ethics of Aristotle/Great Minds of the West Set

    (Set) Ethics of Aristotle/Great Minds of the West

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $439.90 Starting at $439.90 $634.90 $439.90$634.90
  12. (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
  13. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
    Meet the greatest minds in the more than 3,000-year history of philosophy with this comprehensive two-course set. First, get a pointed introduction to the lives and ideas of the Buddha, Confucius, Gandhi, and others in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition. Then, compare them with their Western counterparts—including Plato, Locke, and Nietzsche—in Great Minds of the Western Intellectual...
  14. (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  & Buddhism  Set

    (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life & Buddhism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  15. (Set) Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche  & Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory  Set

    (Set) Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche & Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  16. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $954.90 $479.90$954.90
    Uncover answers to some of Western philosophy's greatest questions in this two-course set filled with profound thinkers and their groundbreaking views. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the revolutionary views of the 20th century. Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory places the key...
  17. (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...
  18. (Set) Philosophy as a Guide to Living & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Philosophy as a Guide to Living & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  19. (Set) Passions & Biology and Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Passions & Biology and Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  20. (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines; Consciousness and Its Implications; Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions; & Great Ideas of Psychology  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines; Consciousness and Its Implications; Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions; & Great Ideas of Psychology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.80 Starting at $599.80 $1,229.80 $599.80$1,229.80
    Take a mind-broadening look at the fascinating ways the human mind and emotions work with this four-course set. Start with Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines, which shows how history's most profound thinkers have sought to understand the human mind. Consciousness and Its Implications uses real-world anecdotes to explore this mysterious mental state at the heart of human identity....
  21. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition & Skeptics and Believers  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition & Skeptics and Believers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
    Strengthen your understanding of history's most powerful and enduring philosophical ideas and issues with this illuminating two-course set. Start by surveying Western intellectual thought as it extends from its origins in classical Greece up through the dilemmas of the late 20th century in Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition. Continue with Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the...
  22. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition/ No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition/ No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $954.90 $479.90$954.90
  23. 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...
  24. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition & Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,074.90 $549.90$1,074.90
    Investigate profound life lessons and philosophical ideas in these two illuminating courses. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present. Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life takes the underlying ideas of great written works and shows you how to put them to...
  25. (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life & Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries  Set

    (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life & Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  26. (Set) The Meaning of Life & No Excuses Set

    (Set) The Meaning of Life & No Excuses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Probe some of the most intriguing questions in the subject of philosophy with this provocative two-course set. The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions offers a wide-ranging exploration of what various spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions have contributed to understanding this profound issue. And No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life focuses on how...
  27. (Set) Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions & Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills  Set

    (Set) Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions & Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  28. (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life & Argumentation  Set

    (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life & Argumentation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Get a closer look at existentialism and its role in the broader area of philosophical argumentation and debate with these two courses. Visit a fascinating school of philosophical thought that examined life's most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom with No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life. Then, learn how to reason, how to persuade others that what you...
  29. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,099.85 Starting at $1,099.85 $2,149.85 $1,099.85$2,149.85
    Explore the greatness of Western culture with this epic three-course set that surveys the best that our civilization's intellectual, literary, and musical traditions have to offer. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the revolutionary views of the 20th century. Great Authors of the Western Literary...
  30. (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life; Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche  Set

    (Set) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life; Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    Understand the figures, philosophies, and revolutionary ideas of two profound schools of Western philosophy: Transcendentalism and Existentialism. The 24 insightful lectures of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement reveals how a remarkable group of American thinkers influenced social transformations including the abolition of slavery, equal rights for women, and educational reform. No Excuses:...