Gillian Russell

Philosophy Professor


A picture of Gillian Russell

Some things about me:

  1. I’m a Professor of Philosophy at the Dianoia Research Institute at ACU in Melbourne.

  2. I’m also a part-time Professorial Fellow at the Arché Research Center at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. I next expect to be there in person 24th April – 5th June 2023.

  3. Until July 2020, I was Alumni Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I continue to supervise some students there.

  4. My main research interests are in the philosophy of logic and language, and epistemology. I’m currently finishing up a book on Barriers to Entailment, i.e. theses that say that you can’t get certain sorts of conclusions from certain sorts of premises, like: you can’t get an ought from an is, or you can’t get conclusions about the future from claims about the past, or universal claims from particular ones.
    Other topics that I’ve worked on include the analytic/synthetic distinction and lots of issues in the philosophy of logic, like logic’s epistemology, the normativity of logic, logic and indexicals, logical pluralism, and logical nihilism etc. Some people know me through a couple of papers I wrote about the philosophy of the martial arts. Recently I’ve been getting interested in social and political applications of work in both the philosophy of logic and language. You can find out more on my research page.

  5. There is a list of the classes I’ve taught here.

  6. My first job was at Washington University in St Louis (2004–2014) and I was a Postdoc at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 2005. I also visited Australia a lot while I was a grad student.

  7. My Ph.D. is from Princeton (2004) and before that I was an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Along the way I’ve been a visitor at UC Berkeley, Melbourne University, and the RSSS at the Australia National University, as well as a visiting fellow at Tilburg Center for Logic and the Philosophy of Science in the Netherlands.

  8. Here is a copy of my CV (pdf).