Bruce Russell

Bruce Russell

Professor of Philosophy

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Curriculum vitae

Bruce Russell



Born in San Francisco, California. Grew up on ranches in Sonoma County. Went to a one-room schoolhouse in elementary school. Undergrad degree in math, grad degree in philosophy, both from UC Davis. Chair of department for ten years over two stretches.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Epistemology, ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of film.


Write on justification, knowledge, the problem of evil, social justice (Mill and Rawls), and whether films can do philosophy.


Ph.D in Philosophy; BSc in Math

Awards and grants

Participant in two NEH seminars, one institute. Mellon Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Pittsburgh (1982)

Currently teaching

On sabbatical, Winter, 2017. Taught PHI 2440 Philosophy of Religion in Fall, 2016; PHI 5530 Topics in Epistemology

Courses taught

PHI 1110: Ethical Issues in Health Care

PHI 2440: Philosophy of Religion

PHI 3500: Epistemology

PHI 5280: History of Ethics

PHI 5300: Foundations of Ethics

PHI 5530: Topics in Epistemology

PHI 7840: Seminar in Epistemology

PHI 7850: Seminar in Ethics











Citation index

Given by first initial and last name. B. Russell turns up thousands of citations because of Bertrand Russell