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. (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 $954.90 Starting at $954.90 $954.90 $954.90$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...
  2. (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 $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$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.
  3. (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 $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$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...
  4. (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 $439.90 $439.90$439.90

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  5. (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 $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  6. (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 $764.85 Starting at $764.85 $764.85 $764.85$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:...
  7. (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 $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$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.
  8. (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 $1,039.80 Starting at $1,039.80 $1,229.80 $1,039.80$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....
  9. (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 $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$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...
  10. (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 $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$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...
  11. (Set) Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche  & Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $448.00 Starting at $61.90 $509.90 $61.90$509.90
  12. (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 $2,149.85 Starting at $2,149.85 $2,149.85 $2,149.85$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...
  13. (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
  14. (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 $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$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...
  15. (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 $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$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...
  16. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $499.90 $499.90$499.90

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  17. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.