Paul Russell



Professor of Philosophy, 

Lund University

&

University of British Columbia


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Beginning 2018, I  take up an appointment as a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Lund University, where I will also serve as Director of the Lund|Gothenburg Responsibility Project (LGRP). This 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 my position at Lund University I will continue, on a reduced basis, at the University of British Columbia, where I have taught philosophy since 1987. (I am, however, on leave from UBC until January 2020)

Apart from these positions I have 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). I also held a half-time position as Professor at Gothenburg University from 2015-2017. Among the various honours and awards that I have 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)]. I was also awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2007) and the UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize (2014). Selections of of my 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).




PODCASTS/VIDEOS



INTERVIEWS:

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES:


                
                   VANCOUVER SUN article April 2016 (Doug Todd):
                              On moral posturing and intolerance....  
    

                   VANCOUVER SUN
article March 2015 (Doug Todd):

                          UBC prof wins $12 million from Sweden to explore global moral problems.


                     GLOBE & MAIL article June 1999:
                              ‘The supremacy of God’ does not belong in the Constitution


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