Contact Information & Select Publications


    Paul Russell     

Professor of Philosophy


Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science,
Box 200 405 30 Göteborg
Tel. 031-786 00 00


In July 2015 I joined the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science" at Gothenburg University, where I am Director of the Gothenburg Responsibility Project (GRP). I will be based at Gothenburg half-time for the following ten year period (2015-2024). 

My appointment at Gothenburg has been made possible thanks to a major grant from the Swedish Research Council for the international recruitment of leading researchers. The Swedish Research Council's recent announcement concerning this grant can be found HERE.

At Gothenburg my responsibilities will be confined to PhD supervision, research and the organization and direction of the Gothenburg Responsibility Project. The web site for the GRP is still to be developed and will appear shortly.

My personal web site at the University of Gothenburg  is HERE.

I will continue at UBC on a reduced basis (teaching only in the Winter term each year).

 For further information see my "Curriculum Vitae" below (tab at bottom of the page).

For selection of my papers available online see HERE.


Select Publications:

The Oxford Handbook of Hume

(Forthcoming - November 2015)

The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism and Irreligion

Journal of the History of Philosophy Book Prize, 2009

"Paul Russell has given us a marvelously good book.... [He] offers original and compelling accounts of the irreligious implications of central arguments of the Treatise on an impressive range of should never again be claimed that the Treatise is largely unconcerned with questions of religion."
                    --Don Garrett, Philosophical Review

"This book is a triumph and a model for work in the history of philosophy. It offers a powerful reading of the Treatise and of Hume's intentions in writing it, while also correcting common misunderstandings about Hume's place in early modern thought. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in Hume or in early modern philosophy."                 
                 --Colin Heydt, Journal of the History of Philosophy

"Paul Russell's The Riddle of Hume's Treatise is one of the most important contributions to Hume scholarship of recent years, and deserves to be read by all who wish to untangle the complex threads of Hume's masterpiece. It ranks as a permanent and significant achievement."
     --Peter Millican, British Journal of the History of Philosophy

"This is a terrific tome.... Why is this book so important? Quite simply, this is one of the best contextualist studies of Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature ever written. To elaborate a bit, this book provides a unique and fascinating interpretation of the Treatise by relating its structure and content to many of the most influential debates about religion raging at Hume's time.... one of the best books on Hume I have ever read. "
                                          -- Kevin Meeker, Mind


A few recent articles....

"Hume's Philosophy of Irreligion & the Myth of British Empiricism",  The Oxford Handbook of Hume, Paul Russell, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press: forthcoming 2015).

“’Hume’s Lengthy Digression’: Free Will in the Treatise”, The Cambridge Companion to Hume's Treatise. A. Butler & D. Ainslie, eds., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2015).

Russell, Paul, "Hume on Free Will", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), (2007; rev. 2014).

“Responsibility, Naturalism and ‘the Morality System’”, Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility, David Shoemaker, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press: 2013), 184-204.

“Hume’s Anatomy of Virtue”, The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics, ed. Daniel Russell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 93-123.

"Causation, Cosmology and the Limits of Reason", The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth-Century, ed. by James Harris (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 599-620.

"Hume’s Legacy and the Idea of British Empiricism”, The Continuum Companion to David Hume, Alan Bailey and Dan O'Brien, eds. (London: Continuum, 2012), 377-395..


Paul Russell,
15 Sep 2015, 13:24