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.


"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."