Bio & CV

Professor of Philosophy

Dan Russell is Professor of Philosophy at the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, University of Arizona. He specializes in ancient philosophy and ethics, and his work focuses on ancient philosophy mainly as a source for expanding contemporary options for thinking about how to improve our lives. He has written on Plato’s ethics and psychology (Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life, Oxford University Press, 2005) as well as contemporary virtue ethics (Practical Intelligence and the Virtues, Oxford University Press, 2009). Most recently he has completed a book on happiness and well-being (Happiness for Humans, forthcoming from Oxford University Press), and is editing the Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press).

From 2012 to 2014, Dan will divide his academic year between the Freedom Center and Ormond College, University of Melbourne. You can visit his Ormond homepage here.

In his forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, Dan argues that happiness lies in activity that is (1) for the sake of ends that give our lives meaning, (2) in accordance with practical wisdom and emotional soundness, and (3) inextricable from the relationships and other pursuits that make us who we are. I draw on the work of ancient philosophers like Aristotle, Epictetus, and Cicero, treating happiness from a practical perspective: happiness is the ultimate goal for practical deliberation, a good life that each of us wants to give himself.