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
    4.3 out of 5
    70% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (85)
    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. Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.1 out of 5
    61% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (72)
    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?
  3. Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions Sale

    Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions

    Robert C. Solomon
    3.8 out of 5
    53% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (56)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $19.95 $39.95 $19.95$39.95
    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.
  4. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.1 out of 5
    65% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (81)
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $699.95 $349.95$699.95
    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...
  5. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3 out of 5
    36% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (11)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $29.95 $29.95 $29.95$29.95
    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!
  6. (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...
  7. (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...
  8. (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:...
  9. (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & 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
    Do you make your own choices in life, or has your destiny already been decided? What is the meaning of individual freedom and personal responsibility? Questions such as these are at the heart of this thought-provoking set. Start with Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism, which takes you through the origins of, approaches to, and experiments about the enduring questions of whether or not we have...
  10. (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set on sale

    (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $430.00 Starting at $39.90 $79.90 $39.90$79.90
    Examine the ideas, minds, and literary works behind two great philosophical movements in this illuminating course set. In Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement, meet the diverse group of intellectual activists, literary figures, and social reformers whose ideas would remake American society. Then, in No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life, survey a philosophical movement whose thoughts on...
  11. (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Investigate the development of modern Western philosophy and one of its most iconic movements in this illuminating two-course set. Explore the foundations of modern and contemporary Western approaches to reality and knowledge with The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. Then, examine a fascinating school of philosophical thought that examined life's most fundamental questions of individual...
  12. (Set) Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    What is the meaning of life? Examine some answers to this profound question in this fantastic two-course set. Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life charts how this provocative question has been pursued through the ages by both religion and the Western philosophical tradition. Then, delve even deeper into the issue by surveying a philosophical movement whose thoughts on the meaning of life are rooted in...
  13. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life   Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $879.90 $429.90$879.90
    Investigate profound philosophical ideas in these two illuminating courses. In Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition, survey the long chain of debate that began in ancient history and continues through our contemporary world. In No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life, examine a fascinating school of philosophical thought that focuses on fundamental questions of responsibility, morality, and freedom.
  14. (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.
  15. (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...