Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.
Paul Russell has been teaching at the University of British Columbia since 1987. He has held
research and teaching positions at a number of universities including Stanford
University (1989-90); the University of Pittsburgh (1996-97) and the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005).
His published work includes Freedom and Moral Sentiment: Hume's Way of
Naturalizing Responsibility (Oxford University Press, 1995) and
The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism,
and Irreligion (Oxford University Press: 2008).
During the Fall term
of 2010 he was the Fowler Hamilton Visiting Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford.
In 2007 he was awarded a UBC Killam Teaching Prize and in 2014 he was awarded a UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize.
[For further biographical information see my "Curriculum Vitae" page.]
Paul Russell's research interests focus primarily on free will and moral responsibility and the history of early modern philosophy (particularly the philosophy of David Hume).
His principal research project at the present time is a book on The Limits of Free Will: Responsibility, Fate and Pessimism. This work, which draws on a number of papers that have already been published, advances a distinctive interpretation of the free will problem and its roots in “the morality system”. He is also in the process of completing work on The Oxford Handbook of HUME, which will include contributions from a wide range of distinguished philosophers and scholars covering all aspects of Hume’s philosophy.