Russ Shafer-Landau is director of the Parr Center for Ethics at UNC-Chapel Hill. The center serves as the public face of the university’s commitment to research in, teaching about and conversation concerning ethics. Housed within the Department of Philosophy, it aims to provide the resources necessary to advance our understanding of moral questions.
Most of Shafer-Landau's work has been in metaethics, the area of philosophy that focuses on questions about the status (rather than the content) of morality. He is the organizer of the Annual Metaethics Workshop, held for 11 years in Madison and now hosted by the Parr Center in Chapel Hill. He also administers the annual Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics for Younger Scholars.
Shafer-Landau is the author of "The Fundamentals of Ethics" and its companion volume, "The Ethical Life," written to introduce people to moral theory. Other works include "Moral Realism — A Defense" and "Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?" He is also the editor of the widely used "Reason & Responsibility," "Ethical Theory," and co-editor, with Terence Cuneo, of "The Foundations of Ethics."
Before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill in 2015, he was professor (and later department chair) of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 2002 to 2015. He also taught at the University of Kansas and the University of California, Berkeley.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Kellett Mid-Career Research Award (professional)
Keynote Speaker (professional)
Rocky Mountain Philosophy Conference
Keynote Speaker (professional)
Great Plains Philosophy Conference
Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy (professional)
University of Arizona: Ph.D., Philosophy 1992
University of Arizona: M.A., Philosophy 1989
Oxford University: M.Stud, Philosophy 1987
Brown University: A.B., Philosophy 1986
- Annual Chapel Hill Metaethics Workshop : Conference Founder & Organizer
- Marc Sanders Annual Essay Prize in Metaethics : Director / Administrator
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy : Subject Editor (Metaethics)
- Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy : Editorial Board
- Philosophy Compass (Journal) : Editorial Board
Media Appearances (3)
UNC University Gazette online
Russ Shafer-Landau arrived at Brown University 34 years ago seeking the answer to the meaning of life.
UNC opens its doors to discussion on migration
Daily Tar Heel print
International immigration hit close to home Thursday night as professor Kit Wellman lectured on global immigration and the refugee crisis in Europe.
Russ Shafer-Landau, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, said he recognizes the refugee crisis is an issue with no simple solution. “The reason the Parr Center had this talk was to bring someone who could incite nonpartisan discussion on this issue.”
Kellett Mid-Career Awards honor 10 UW-Madison professors
University of Wisconsin-Madison News online
Russ Shafer-Landau, professor and chair in the department of philosophy, who focuses on the study of morality and its status, rather than what constitutes it. He founded the annual Wisconsin Metaethics Workshop and has authored several books. He also edits the book, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, and runs the Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics...
Event Appearances (5)
Atheism and Morality
Ethical Humanists Society of the Triangle Chapel Hill, NC
Why Moral Relativism Appeals—And Why We Should Resist
A Night of Philosophy French Embassy, NYC.
The Morality of the Death Penalty
University of Toronto Undergraduate Philosophy Conference University of Toronto
Moral Realism and Evolutionary Debunking Arguments
Evolutions and Ethics conference Florida State University
Moral Intuitions and Disagreement
Invited Presentation University of Virginia
2014. Co-authored with Terence Cuneo