Address for Correspondence:
Department of Philosophy, Room B521,Helgonavägen 3, Lund,Box 192, Sweden, 221 00 Lund 30 Telephone: +46 (0)46 222 00 00______________________
Since 1987 he has been a Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (half-time since 2015). [He is currently on leave from UBC and will retire from UBC in 2022.]
Other appointments that he has held include a Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1984-1987) as well as a number of visiting appointments at various universities, including Virginia (1988), Stanford (1989-1990), Pittsburgh (1996-1997) and North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005). From 2015-2017 he held a half-time position as Professor at Gothenburg University.
Among the various honours and awards 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)]. 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).
In 2007 he was awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize and in 2014 he was awarded the UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize. He has also served on the Editorial Board of both the Journal of the History of Philosophy [2013-2019] and Hume Studies [2005-2010].
Paul Russell has recently been elected a Beaufort Visiting Fellow at St. John's College, Cambridge for Lent term 2023.
In 2017 he published The Limits of Free Will [Oxford University Press] a volume of selected essays on the topic of free will and moral responsibility. In 2021 he published a second volume of essays, titled Recasting Hume & Early Modern Philosophy [Oxford University Press], a collection of papers on Hume and early modern philosophy. His papers have been published in a variety of academic journals [Mind, Ethics, etc.], as well as in influential collections and anthologies [e.g. the Oxford Handbooks, Cambridge Companions, etc.]. Along with his academic publications he has also published opinion pieces and reviews in a variety of venues, including the Times Literary Supplement, The Scotsman, the Globe & Mail, the Vancouver SUN, and AEON. Selections of his work have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, and Hungarian.
Paul Russell's 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 he is 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 he is especially concerned with the philosophy of David Hume and how his philosophy relates to problems of religion and atheism.
From the cover
"Paul Russell is one of the two or three leading Hume scholars of the past quarter-century, and both the high quality of his work and the intrinsic interest of his themes will draw in a wide range of readers-including not only scholars of Hume and British empiricism (for whom it will be essential), but scholars of modern philosophy more generally, as well as practicing epistemologists and ethicists."
-Kenneth Winkler, Yale University
In this collection of essays, philosopher Paul Russell addresses major figures and central topics of the history of early modern philosophy. Most of these essays are studies on the philosophy of David Hume, one of the great figures in the history of philosophy. One central theme, connecting many of the essays, concerns Hume's fundamental irreligious intentions. Russell argues that a proper appreciation of the significance of Hume's irreligious concerns, which runs through his whole philosophy, serves to discredit the deeply entrenched framework for understanding Hume - and much of early modern philosophy - in terms of the idea of "British Empiricism". In a substantive introduction, Russell outlines how his various insights overlap and connect to each other.
Recent Articles and Papers:
Recent and Forthcoming Talks & Presentations...
@ 2021 (September) -- University of Antwerp, Belgium. Conference: ‘Natural Religion and the Scottish Enlightenment’. Invited keynote speaker (title: "David Hume and the Radical Enlightenment"). Organised by Willem Lemmens & Esther Kroeker.
@ 2022 (July) The 48th Annual Hume Society Conference, 4-8 July 2022, Prague, Czech Republic. Invited plenary speaker. Organized by Lorenzo Greco and Hynek Janousek.
@ 2022 (July) -- Portland, Oregon. NEH Summer Institute: David Hume in the Twenty-first Century: Perpetuating the Enlightenment. Invited speaker. Organizers Angela Coventry & Elizabeth S. Radcliffe.
Selected Interviews & Podcasts
Pea Soup, Mentees Interviewing Mentors: McKenna and Russell [July 2020]
Philosophy of Religion, "What does philosophy of religion offer the modern university?" 
The Reading Lists, Escaping Narrow Concerns 
3:16 Magazine Hume’s Irreligious Core [May 2016]
Philosophy Bites: “Paul Russell on David Hume’s Treatise” [April 26, 2011]
Philosophy Bites: “Paul Russell on Fate” [December 30, 2010]
Select Online Essays and Commentary:
The Scotsman, September 23, 2020
"David Hume: Saint or Sinner?" , The Scotsman, September 23, 2020
"Vice Dressed as Virtue", AEON, May 2020
"Bernard Williams: Ethics from a Human Point of View" -- in Times Literary Supplement, "Footnotes to Plato". [December 2018]
"The Limits of Tolerance", AEON, August 2017
"The Limits of Free Will is a marvelous collection of papers ... It is full of insightful and illuminating critiques, but it also provides readers with an interesting and distinctive position on free will and moral responsibility. .. The volume is enormously enlightening and will reward its readers many times over. - Meghan Griffith, Ethics______
"It was both a pleasure and a revelation to revisit these articles together as a group, and to see what a powerful and unified vision of the nature of human freedom and responsibility Russell has put forward over these many years. What comes out most clearly after sustained engagement with Russell’s work is his deep humanity and his clear-eyed appreciation of what he takes to be our basic human predicament: namely, that we must see ourselves as free and morally responsible agents, even as we recognize the myriad ways in which luck and fate play an ineliminable role in shaping the moral quality of our lives.
-- Angela Smith, Ethical Theory & Moral Practice______
".... The merits of this collection go well beyond being a valuable compendium of critical assessment of contemporary optimism and skepticism about moral responsibility. Russell harnesses decades of reflection on moral responsibility to construct a distinctive yet measured compatibilist alternative, one that acknowledges the limits of human control while upholding the dignity of our moral life."
- Robyn Repko Waller, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
WINNER OF THE JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY BOOK PRIZE 2008
"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 topics....it should never again be claimed that the Treatise is largely unconcerned with questions of religion."
- Don Garrett, Philosophical Review______
"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. .... one of the best books on Hume I have ever read. "- Kevin Meeker, Mind______
Paul Russell’s The Riddle of Hume’s Treatise is one of the most important contributions to Hume scholarship of recent years... it ranks as a permanent and significant achievement.
-Peter Millican, British Journal for the History of Philosophy
"... Russell’s erudition is monumental. And there is great coherence in his study. If you disagree on something, you have to match his scrupulous inquiry and discuss his point in detail."
- Michel Malherbe, Hume Studies
Freedom and Moral Sentiment (1995)
"...Russell's account imbues Hume's texts with fresh significance and interest....Russell gives us much to grapple with and learn from."
-- Ira Singer, Ethics______
"Russell's book makes an important contribution to the literature on Hume's moral philosophy, especially in showing a breadth to his view that is sometimes obscured by too heavy a focus on his subjectivism. And Russell's discussion of Hume's relevance for contemporary debates over naturalism in ethics will be of interest to a wider philosophical audience."
-- Donald Ainsle, The Philosophical Review______
"Russell's book, which is the first full analysis of Hume's theories on this key theme, does justice to their complexity and systematic character, and by relating them to more recent debates shows us, once again, why Hume remains such a continual source of philosophical stimulus. It [Russell's book] is excellent, creative scholarship."
-- Terry Penelhum, Canadian Journal of Philosophy
BOOKS EDITED and Introduced....
THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF HUME (2016)(now available in paperback 2020)
"... this book is a significant contribution to the literature on Hume."-- Choice
"The Oxford Handbook of Hume, edited by Paul Russell, is an impressive collection of essays on the philosophical accomplishments and legacies of David Hume. In total 38 articles provide over 800 pages of first-rate Hume scholarship. .... The articles are not only individually rewarding, but Russell’s care in organizing the material shows and pays off. I came away from this volume wishing it had existed when I was a grad student...."
- Katie Paxman, Journal of Scottish Philosophy
"An impressive recent addition to the Hume literature is the Oxford Handbook of Hume, edited by Paul Russell. The term "handbook" belies its heft; at over 800 pages, and weighing over 3 pounds, it is a battleship of current scholarly thinking on Hume..."
-- Metapsychology Online Reviews
THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREE WILL (2013)
"The essays collected in this volume have made incredible contributions to the free will debate. It is remarkable to have so many influential works collected in this way, and anyone interested in the free will debate would benefit greatly from having this collection close at hand."
--William Simkulet, Metapsychology Online Reviews
(available in Routledge paperback 2016)
"This is an outstanding collection. P.F. Strawson's "Freedom and Resentment" is one of the most important and influential papers in the debates about free will and moral responsibility. ... The editors have done a superb job of bringing this material together, and they have provided a clear and helpful introductory essay. This will become an essential book for both scholars and students."
- John M. Fischer, University of California Riverside, USA
New Swedish translation of Hume's Dialogues...
David Hume, Dialoger om naturlig religionUtgåvan är försedd med ett nyskrivet förord av professor Paul Russell vid University of British Columbia och Lunds universitet. Översättning av Jan Landgren. Tryckår: 2020
The edition is provided with a newly written preface by Professor Paul Russell at the University of British Columbia and Lund University. Translation by Jan Landgren. Printing year: 2020