Harry Alanen

About me

I am a DPhil (read: PhD) candidate in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. My dissertation is on Aristotle's philosophy of action, and it is supervised by Prof. Ursula Coope. More specifically my thesis is on Aristotle's ontology of change and action, agency and patiency, the causation and explanation of action, and Aristotle's account of self-movers. For a more in-depth overview of my dissertation and future research interests please see my research page, or contact me with any questions you may have.

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.

During my DPhil I have been a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University, and a visiting doctoral fellow at the Humboldt Project at the University of Leipzig. 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.

For further details, please consult my CV.