Paul Russell


Professor of Philosophy,  University of Gothenburg

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University of British Columbia

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Paul Russell has been a Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia since 1987. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Philosophy at Gothenburg University and Director of the Gothenburg Responsibility Project (GRP). This appointment is a half-time research position and has been made possible thanks to a major grant from the Swedish Research Council for  "the international recruitment of leading researchers" (2014). Along with the Gothenburg position, he will continue, on a reduced basis, at the University of British Columbia. He will, however, be away on leave from UBC until January 2020.

Apart from these positions he has also held a number of visiting appointments at various universities, including Virginia (1988), Stanford (1989-1990), Pittsburgh (1996-1997) and North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005). Among the various honours and awards that he has received are a Fowler Hamilton Visiting Fellowship at Christ Church, Oxford University (2010) and the Journal of the History of Philosophy prize for best book published in the history of philosophy in 2008 [awarded to The Riddle of Hume's Treatise (Oxford University Press)]. He has also been awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2007) and the UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize (2014). Selections of his work have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Polish, Italian and Hungarian (with further translations into German and Swedish to appear shortly). 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.


Research Interests

My interests cover the areas of free will and moral responsibility along with various topics in early modern philosophy. Within the area of free will and moral responsibility I am particularly interested in the challenge of scepticism and theories of responsibility that appeal to reactive attitudes or moral sentiments. On the subject of early modern philosophy I am especially concerned with the philosophy of David Hume and how his philosophy relates to problems of religion and atheism.



Awards and Honours (Selected)


- Major Swedish Research Council grant for "the international recruitment of leading researchers" (2014). The Swedish  Research Council's announcement concerning this grant can be found here.

- 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)

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Kenan Distinguished Visitor at North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2005).

- Mellon Fellowship at Stanford University (1989-90)
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Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1984-1987).



                 VANCOUVER SUN article March 2015 (Doug Todd):
UBC prof wins $12 million from Sweden to explore global moral problems.