Mr Harry Alanen

Stipendiary Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy


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:

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.


"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.