Paul Russell is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Lund University, where he was appointed in 2018. At Lund he is Director of the Lund|Gothenburg Responsibility Project (LGRP). His position at Lund has been made possible thanks to a major grant from the Swedish Research Council for "the international recruitment of leading researchers" (2014). The LGRP project will continue at Lund until 2025.
He also holds an appointment as Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he was first appointed in 1987. Since 2015 has been on reduced appointment (half-time) at UBC.
Apart from these positions he held a Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1984-1987) and has also held visiting appointments at various universities, including Virginia (1988), Stanford (1989-1990), Pittsburgh (1996-1997) and North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005). More recently, he held a half-time position as Professor at Gothenburg University (2015-2017).
Along with his academic publications he has also published opinion pieces and reviews in a variety of venues including, the Globe & Mail, the Vancouver SUN, the Times Literary Supplement, and AEON. Selections of his work have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Polish, Italian, Swedish and Hungarian.
Please click here to see Paul Russell's personal web page, which contains further information about his research, publications, awards, teaching and graduate supervision.
Awarded the Journal of the History of Philosophy prize for the best published book in the history of philosophy in 2008.
Freedom and Moral Sentiment: Hume's Way of Naturalizing Responsibility(New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995). [Published in paperback, 2002.]
The Oxford Handbook of HUME. (Oxford University Press: 2016).
The Philosophy of Free Will: Essential Readings from the Contemporary Debates, edited with Oisin Deery (Oxford University Press: 2013).
Free Will and Reactive Attitudes: Perspectives on P.F. Strawson’s “Freedom and Resentment”, Introduced and edited with Michael McKenna (Farnham: Ashgate: 2008).
Joseph J. Russell, Analysis and Dialectic: Studies in the Logic of Foundation Problems, Introduced and edited by P. Russell (The Hague: Nijhoff, 1984).
For other publications please see my personal web page and/or my CV (on sidebar).
Awards and Honours (Selected)
- Major Swedish Research Council grant for "the international recruitment of leading researchers" (2014).
- UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize (2014).
- Fowler Hamilton Visiting Fellow at Christ Church , Oxford University (2010).
- Journal of the History of Philosophy Prize for best book published in the history of philosophy in 2008 [The Riddle of Hume's Treatise (Oxford University Press)].
- UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2007)
Kenan Distinguished Visitor at North Carolina, at Chapel Hill (2005).
- Mellon Fellowship at Stanford University (1989-90).
- Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1984-1987).
- Anton Emilsson, 2019- [Lund] (co-supervisor)
- Robert Pál, 2020 - [Lund] (committee member)
- Filippos Stamatiou, 2018- [Copenhagen] (committee member)
- - Nick Sleigh, 1991-1994 (committee member)
- - Diane Whiteley, 1992-1998 (supervisor)
- - Marilyn Kane, 1996-2003 (committee member)
- - Johnna Fisher, 1999-2001 (committee member)
- - Kari Coleman, 1999- 2002 (supervisor)
- - James Kelleher, 2005-2010 (supervisor; committee member)
- - Joseph Torpornycky 2005-2012 (supervisor)
- - Oisin Deery 2007-2013 (supervisor)
- - Tian Jie 2005 – 2013 (supervisor)
- - James Hellewell 2006 – 2014 (supervisor)
- - Irwin Chan 2012 - 2019 (supervisor/ committee member)
- - Daniel Telech, University of Chicago (committee member) 2016-2018
- - Anna Rez - Visiting Graduate; Central European University (Budapest) 2012
External examiner, PhD:
- - Andras Szigeti; Central European University (Budapest) 2007
- - Benjamin Matheson; Manchester University, 2014
- - Damir Cicic; Central European University (Budapest) 2016
- - Audun Bengtson, KU Leuven - University of Leuven, (scheduled March 2020).
- - Jon Kalmansson, 1992-1994 (supervisor)
- - Robert Gunnarsson, 1994-96 (supervisor)
- - Andrew Horner, 1997 (second reader)
- - Peter Rabbe, 1997 (second reader)
- - Adam Bradley, 1998 (second reader)
- - Andrea Scotland, 1999-2001 (supervisor)
- - Mark Campbell 2001 (second reader)
- - Bert Terzian, 1999-2003 (supervisor)
- - Katharine Browne 2003-2005 (supervisor)
- Anders Kraal (Uppsala University) – 2011-2013
* Indicates invited speaker; all the other papers were refereed; @ forthcoming
- @ (March 2021) University of Antwerp. Conference: ‘Natural Religion and the Scottish Enlightenment’. Invited keynote speaker (title: TBA). Organised by Willem Lemmens.
- (October 2020) Oxford Hume Forum - University of Oxford: TBA.
- @ (May 2020) International Conference on Free Will and Moral Responsibility, Peking University, (invited speaker). TBA. [Organizers Dr. Xing NAN & Dr. Zeyu CHI ]
- @ 2020 (March ) University of Zurich, Center for Ethics. Masterclass on Moral Responsibility. Invited teacher. Organized by Philipp Schwind & Jörg Löschke.
- 2019 (November) KU Leuven, Belgium . P.F. STRAWSON AT 100 International Conference : "Responsibility after 'Morality': Strawson's Naturalism and Williams' Genealogy" [Organizers: Prof. Stefaan Cuypers, Prof. Stefan Rummens, Dr. Benjamin De Mesel, Audun Bengtson, Sybren Heyndels]
- 2019 (October) Chigwell School, Essex: The Williams Project: 'The Life and Philosophy of Bernard Williams'
- * 2019 (June) KU Leuven - University of Leuven . Institute of Philosophy. Conference: “Free Will and Methodology” (June 6-7, 2019). Keynote speaker. [Co- organized by Stefaan Cuypers and Audun Bengtson] Title: “Free Will and the Tragic Predicament: Reflections on Williams”.
- * 2018 (March) University of British Columbia . Nexus | ISGP Annual Student Conference: “Is Responsibility an Illusion?”. Keynote speaker.
- * 2018 (November) University of British Columbia (February). UBC Association of Professors Emeriti. Topic: Free Speech. Panelist and Presenter.
- *2017 University of Hamburg . Title: Hume’s Scepticism and the Problem of Atheism”. Hume Workshop. Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies. (Organized by Máté Veres, Stephan Schmid and Josef Stern.)
- *2017 Ferrara, Italy (October). Title : “Hume’s Sensible Atheism”. International Symposium "Around the Eighteenth Century" (Organized by Andrea Branchi.)
- * 2017 (June) University of Bonn. Conference: "Free Will and Moral Responsibility in Historical and Cultural Perspective". (Organized by M. Forster, M. Gabriel, and C. Wenze.)
- * 2017 (June) Ghent University . Conference: “Justice Without Retribution”. Title: “Naturalism, Genealogy and Responsibility Scepticism. (Organized by G. Caruso, F. Focquaert, D. Pereboom, E. Shaw.)
- * 2017 (February) Central European University, Budapest : Invited lecturer CEU Center for Religious Studies, for the university-wide doctoral seminar “Reason, Unreason and Nature in Religion”. Topic: TBA. (Organized by Aziz Al-Azmeh.)
[Unless otherwise indicated, all papers have been presented to philosophy department colloquia at the institutions cited below. ]
- "Free Will and the Tragic Predicament: Making Sense of Williams".
- - Philosophy Department Colloquium: Uppsala University. November 2019:
- - Philosophy Department Colloquium: Copenhagen University. November 2019.
- "Free Will Scepticism".
- - Departmental Seminar. The Buchmann Faculty of Law. Tel Aviv University. March 2019.
- - Philosophy, University of Haifa . March 2019
- - Department of Philosophy Colloquium, Linköping University. October 2018.
- “Responsibility, Illusion and Metaphysical Attitudes".
- Workshop: Scepticism, Dualism and Illusionism: Themes from Smilansky. Lund University. LGRP Workshop. October 2017.
- “Naturalism, Genealogy and Responsibility Scepticism”.
- - Queen’s University at Kingston. November 2016.
- - Lund University. May 2017.- Central European University, September 2017.
- @ 2020 (July ) Portland, Oregon. NEH Summer Institute: David Hume in the Twenty-first Century: Perpetuating the Enlightenment. Invited speaker. Organizers Angela Coventry & Elizabeth S. Radcliffe.
- @ 2020 (March )University of Zurich, Center for Ethics. Masterclass on Moral Responsibility. Invited teacher. Organized and led by Philipp Schwind & Jörg Löschke.
- - 2019 (May) The annual meeting of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) - Vancouver, BC. Conference panel on: "Can Free Speech and Protection from Harm Coexist in Higher Education?". [Monday, 6th May @3:45 pm – 5:00 pm ]