Mr Harry Alanen

Stipendiary Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy

Qualifications:

BA in Philosophy, Helsinki, 2013
MSt in Ancient Philosophy, Oxford, 2014
DPhil in Philosophy, Oxford, Ongoing (Thesis to be submitted in May 2022)

Academic Background:

I am a DPhil candidate in Philosophy in my last year. During my time on the DPhil I have been a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University (2017), and a visiting doctoral fellow at the Humboldt Project at the University of Leipzig (2018). Before starting the DPhil I completed the MSt in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford, and prior to that, a BA in Philosophy at the University of Helsinki—my home town.

Undergraduate Teaching:

This term at Christ Church I am teaching
- Plato, Meno & Euthyphro,
- 101 Early Modern Philosophy,
- 103 Ethics,
- 115 & 130 Plato's Republic.

Additionally I am giving revision sessions on the following papers: 101, 103, 115/130, 116/132 Aristotle's Ethics, and 133/138 Aristotle on Nature, Life, and Mind.

For a fuller list of my teaching, see my faculty webpage: https://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/people/harry-alanen.

Research Interests:

My dissertation is on Aristotle's Philosophy of Action. In particular it explores Aristotle's influence on contemporary action-theory, Aristotle's views on agency and patiency, causation, and his account of self-motion.

My research interests include history of philosophy, philosophy of mind & action, and ethics.

Publications:

"Davidson on Aristotle and Philosophy of Action". In Action, Value and Metaphysics. Proceedings of the Philosophical Society of Finland Colloquium 2018, ACTA PHILOSOPHICA FENNICA, edited by J. Kuorikosi & T. Toppinen, 2019.
"A Review of C.M.M. Olfert's Aristotle on Practical Truth (OUP, 2017)". Ancient Philosophy Today: DIALOGOI, Vol 1, 2019.