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.

"The first thing that impressed me was Dr. Kane’s style of delivery; he is easy to listen to, witty and personable, and includes his own personal stories and anecdotes to make his point"

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