Russ Shafer-Landau

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Russ Shafer-Landau in Tartu, Estonia in 2009

Russ Shafer-Landau (born 1963) is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Before moving to Wisconsin, Shafer-Landau taught for a number of years at the University of Kansas. He completed his PhD work at the University of Arizona under the supervision of Joel Feinberg.

He is a leading defender of a non-naturalistic moral realism, holding that moral statements are not reducible to natural terms. For example the 'good' cannot be described in terms of pleasures and pains nor the conclusion of any of the natural sciences (physics, biology).

He is the author of three books, Whatever Happened To Good And Evil?, The Fundamentals of Ethics, and Moral Realism: A Defence.[1] In addition, he is editor-in-chief of the Oxford Studies in Metaethics and has co-edited Reason and Responsibility: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy, an anthology covering many aspects of ethics with the late Joel Feinberg. He is also the editor of two Blackwell anthologies, Foundations of Ethics (with Terence Cuneo), and Ethical Theory.


  1. ^ Tännsjö, Torbjörn (2009-12-01). From Reasons to Norms: On the Basic Question in Ethics. Springer. pp. 41–. ISBN 978-90-481-3284-3. Retrieved 25 May 2011.