Dan Russell

Dan Russell

Professor of Philosophy
Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona

Daniel C. Russell is Professor of Philosophy in the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, and the Percy Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy at Ormond College, University of Melbourne. His research focuses on ancient and contemporary ethics. He is the author of Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life (Oxford, 2005), Practical Intelligence and the Virtues (Oxford, 2009), and Happiness for Humans (Oxford, 2012), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics (Cambridge, 2013).


Opportunity Costs: The Parable of the Broken Window

Some people argue that  natural disasters and other acts of destruction create wealth and employment as we repair the damage they’ve caused. Professor Dan Russell explains that this fallacy fails…

Stealing from the Poor to Give to the Rich: An Anti-Robin Hood Story

Have you ever thought much about property rights? Many believe ownership protections primarily favor the wealthy, but it turns out that the wealthy and politically connected actually benefit more when…

What Surfing Can Teach You about Ownership

To understand ownership, it helps to understand something about surfing. Surfers employ a system of ownership over waves so that everyone gets a turn. Prof. Dan Russell describes a scenario…

Self-Ownership and the Right to Say No

Did you know you own a person? It’s you. When you own something, you have the right to determine who has access to it. This goes for your car as…