(DPhil, BPhil, MA)

Maria Lasonen-Aarnio, philosophy professor standing

Areas of academic specialisation

Epistemology, Formal Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

Areas of academic competence

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Logic and Language, Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Mathematics


2010 DPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford (degree date: March 6th, 2010) Thesis title: Unreasonable Knowledge; Thesis supervisor: Prof Tim Williamson
2005 BPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford
2002 MA, University of Helsinki

Academic appointments

2021- Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Helsinki
2018-2021 Associate Professor, University of Helsinki
2015-2018 Associate Professor (with tenure), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2010-2015 Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
2007-2010 Fitzjames Research Fellow in Philosophy, Merton College, Oxford

Awards and grants

  • Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Prize for the Humanities 2018
  • Finnish Academy project Responsible Beliefs: Why Ethics and Epistemology Need Each Other, co-PI with Professor Antti Kauppinen, 01.09.2019-31.08.2023
  • European Research Council, grant for a 5-year project, 2017
  • 2014 Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Mind
  • Eight grants and scholarships from funding bodies in the UK and Finland during 2002-2006: Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship (2003 and 2005) Kone Foundation research grant (in 2002, 2003 and 2006), Helsingin Sanomain 100-vuotissäätiö scholarship (2005), Emil Aaltonen Foundation scholarship (2005), Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation research grant (2002)

Visiting appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Southern California (half of each fall semester)
  • Visiting research fellow, Somerville College, Oxford (Hilary and Trinity Terms 2014)
  • Docent, University of Helsinki, 2014-
  • Visiting researcher, Finnish Academy project The Sociality of Knowledge, University of
    Helsinki, summers 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Teaching experience

  • Over 600 contact hours of teaching (excluding one-on-one graduate and undergraduate supervision)
  • 13 semester-length classes (28-42 hours each) at the University of Michigan.
  • 6 hours of tutorial teaching per week as Fitzjames Research Fellow (Oxford).
  • Lecturer of Philosophy, Helsinki School of Economics, 1.11.2002 – 31.3.2003 

Other service and merits:

  • Member of the Faculty Council, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, 2022-
  • Discipline Coordinator of Theoretical Philosophy, 2022-
  • Associate Editor of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2017-2022)
  • Member of the editorial panel for the journal Thought, 2012-2020
  • Over 70 research presentations and invited comments at international conferences and department colloquia, including numerous keynote talks (e.g. Goethe Epistemology Meeting 2021, Rutgers Epistemology Conference 2019, Southampton-Humboldt Normativity Conference 2019, Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference 2019, Institute International de Philosophie 2019, Formal Epistemology Workshop 2017).