Paul Russell

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Paul Russell is Professor of Philosophy at Lund University (half-time appointment since 2018). He also serves as Director of the Lund|Gothenburg Responsibility Project (LGRP).

Paul Russell holds a PhD from Cambridge University (1986), where his supervisor was Professor Sir Bernard Williams. In 1984 he was elected to a Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, which he held until 1987. From 1987-2015 he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, where continued half-time until 2021. From 2015-2017 he held a half-time position as Professor at Gothenburg University and from there moved to Lund University in 2018. He has also held a number of visiting appointments, at Virginia (1988), Stanford (1989-1990), Pittsburgh (1996-1997) and North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005).

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)]. In 2005 he was appointed a Kenan Distinguished Visiting Professsor at the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill. His current 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).

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.

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