Dan Russell
Title: 
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.

Books Authored by Dan Russell

Virtue ethics has emerged from a rich history, in which both Aristotle and Aquinas have played an important role, to become... Read more
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 I argue that happiness lies in activity that is (1) for the sake of ends that give our lives meaning, (2) in... Read more
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One of the most important developments in modern moral philosophy is the resurgence of interest in the virtues. In this new... Read more
Daniel Russell examines Plato's subtle and insightful analysis of pleasure and explores its intimate connections with his... Read more

Research Papers by Dan Russell

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What virtue ethics can learn from utilitarianism The Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism 2014
Virtue ethics, happiness, and the good life The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics 2013
That “Ought” Does Not Imply “Right”: Why It Matters for Virtue Ethics The Southern Journal of Philosophy 2008
Phronesis and the Virtues Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 2012
Embodiment and Self-Ownership Social Philosophy and Policy 2010
Aristotelian Virtue Theory: After the Person-Situation Debate Special issue of International Journal of Philosophical Studies 2012

Presentations by Dan Russell

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Why the Stoics Think There is No Right Way to Grieve May 1, 2012 (All day) Melbourne Australia
Why the Stoics Think There is No Right Way to Grieve May 1, 2012 (All day) Melbourne Australia
Was Socrates a Stoic? February 1, 2011 (All day) Tucson United States
Two Mistakes about Stoic Ethics May 1, 2012 (All day) Melbourne Australia
Two Mistakes about Stoic Ethics November 1, 2011 (All day) London United Kingdom
The Unity of the Virtues: How and Why I Believe It September 1, 2010 (All day) Uppsala Sweden
The Unity of the Virtues: How and Why I Believe It July 1, 2010 (All day) Lubbock United States
Situations, Dispositions, and Virtues: What Empirical Psychologists Know and What Philosophical Psychologists Aren’t Telling May 1, 2007 (All day) Auckland Australia
Situations, Dispositions, and Virtues: What Empirical Psychologists Know and What Philosophical Psychologists Aren’t Telling May 1, 2007 (All day) Dunedin New Zealand
Happiness and Agency in the Stoics and Aristotle November 1, 2007 (All day) Boston United States
Happiness and Agency in the Stoics and Aristotle July 1, 2007 (All day) Assos Turkey
Happiness -- A Feeling or a Future? November 13, 2013 (All day) Tucson United States
Embodiment and Self-Ownership September 1, 2008 (All day) Bowling Green United States
Capabilities, Redistribution, and Ownership March 1, 2011 (All day) Greensboro United States
Author Meets Critics: Practical Intelligence and the Virtues March 1, 2011 (All day) Minneapolis United States
Aristotle’s Virtues of Greatness February 1, 2010 (All day) Tucson United States
Aristotelian Virtue Theory: After the Person-Situation Debate March 1, 2011 (All day) Toronto Canada
Aristotelian Virtue Theory: After the Person-Situation Debate December 1, 2008 (All day) Leuven Belgium

Videos by Dan Russell

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Why the Stoics Think There is No Right Way to Grieve

Grief is an emotional response to loss that we think can be healthy and even appropriate. Epictetus and other Stoic philosophers disagree: they hold the radical view that there is no healthy way to...

Sweatshops and Price Gouging

University of San Diego philosopher Matt Zwolinski discusses ethical issues pertaining to sweatshop labor and price gouging with Daniel Russell of the University of Arizona.

LECTURE – Russell on Wealth

This lecture offers a first introduction to the concepts of wealth, wealth creation, and well-being.
File Wealth.mp4

LECTURE – Opportunity Costs, Part 3 – Frederic Bastiat, “What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen”

This lecture introduces the concept of opportunity costs, a foundational concept in the economic way of thinking. The central idea in the module is the importance of evaluating a given use of a...
File Bastiat part 3 revised.mp4

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