The midfielder, who has picked up seven red cards and more than 70 yellow cards in his career due to repeated scraps and bad tackles, is reportedly studying at the University of Roehampton, not far from his club's Loftus Road ground in west London.
According to the Daily Star, Barton claimed that he turned to philosophy in a bid to overcome his anger issues in his career that has been tainted by numerous spats on and off the pitch, saying that he was inspired to study philosophy by top sports counsellor Peter Kay, who died this week.
Barton further said that had Kay not been there for him, he would have probably ended up either dead or in prison.
Barton, who was jailed for six months in 2008 for punching a man 20 times in a boozy late-night attack near a McDonald's in Liverpool, has been quoting Virgil, George Orwell and Friedrich Nietzsche on Twitter following his new passion.
--ANI (Posted on 21-09-2013)