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