Harry Alanen

About me

I am a 4th year DPhil (read: PhD) candidate in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. My research is on Aristotle's philosophy of action, and it is supervised by Prof. Ursula Coope. 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.

During my 3rd year I was a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University, working with Prof. David Charles on topics related to my thesis. In July 2018 I will be a visiting doctoral fellow at the Humboldt Project at the University of Leipzig, working with Prof. James Conant on the Wittgensteinian tradition in action-theory, as developed by Elizabeth Anscombe (and others).

Aside from my research on Aristotle, I am also interested in contemporary philosophy of mind and action, the history of philosophy, and ethics. I've also become interested in Plato's moral philosophy through teaching undergraduate tutorials on Plato's Republic. Please see my teaching page for an overview of courses I've taught.

For further details, please consult my CV, or contact me with any questions you may have.


Before pursuing a career in academia I worked as an entrepreneur in the IT-sector, co-founding the web development company Developer's Helsinki. After three years I decided that a career in the private sector was not my calling, and so I returned to finish my BA degree in Philosophy that I had left behind.