Robert C. Solomon is the Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Business and Philosophy and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas, Austin. His books include A Short History of Philosophy, A Passion for Wisdom, and The Joy of Philosophy, all published by Oxford University Press.
Robert C. Solomon (b. 1942) was born in Detroit, Michigan, and his father was a lawyer, his mother, an artist. After earning a B.A. (1963) at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to the University of Michigan for an M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1967). He has held several teaching positions at such schools as Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Pittsburgh. In 1972, he moved to the University of Texas at Austin.
His many books include The Passions (1976), Love: Emotion, Myth, and Metaphor (1981), Above the Bottom Line: An Introduction to Business Ethics (with Kristine R. Hansen) (1983), A Passion for Justice (1990), and About Love: Reinventing Romance for Our Times (1988). He is also a published songwriter.
Responding to a standard questionnaire that asked him his religion, he wrote: "Peter Pantheist." As his avocations he listed "Travel, food, love, animals, life."