Professor Robert H. Kane, Ph.D.

Professor Robert H. Kane
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Yale University
The ancient philosopher Plato spoke of truth as something no one person can own or possess, as one would possess a pot of gold, hoarding it from others. Truth, he suggested, is something we can only participate in with others. Hence the pursuit of it is a kind of love, a love of wisdom (philosophia).

Dr. Robert H. Kane is University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.A. from Holy Cross College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University. In his three decades on the UT faculty, Professor Kane won no fewer than 15 major teaching awards. These include the Friar Society Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the President's Excellence Award, the Liberal Arts Council Teaching Award, and the Delta Epsilon Sigma Award for teaching introductory classes. In 1995, he was named an inaugural member of the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Dr. Kane is one of the world's leading defenders of an anti-determinist conception of free will. He is internationally known for his efforts to reconcile such a notion with modern science. His writings comprised more than 60 articles and reviews and four books, including Free Will and Values (1985) and Through the Moral Maze: Searching for Absolute Values in a Pluralistic World (1994). Professor Kane's work, The Significance of Free Will (1996) won the Robert W. Hamilton Faculty Book Award and was the subject of symposia in major journals in Europe and the United States and a conference in the United States.

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12 Courses and Sets

  1. 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
    (80)
    Starting at $699.95 Starting at $699.95 $699.95 $699.95$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...
  2. Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics, and the Modern Experience

    Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics, and the Modern Experience

    Robert H. Kane
    4.6 out of 5
    73% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (45)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $129.95 $129.95$129.95
    Professor Robert H. Kane takes a probing look at the problems surrounding ethics in the modern world: conflicts between public and private morality, teaching values in public schools, the role of religion in public life, liberty and privacy, individualism versus community, and the loss of shared values and the resulting discontents.
  3. (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 $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$1,074.90
  4. (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 $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$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...
  5. (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 $1,324.90 Starting at $1,324.90 $1,324.90 $1,324.90$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...
  6. (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 $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$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...
  7. (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...
  8. (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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  9. (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...
  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) 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 $954.90 Starting at $954.90 $954.90 $954.90$954.90
  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...