Here you can find short bios on our researchers
The project's PI, Maria Lasonen-Aarnio, is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. She will be leading the ERC-funded Competence and Success research project until the end of 2022.
Before moving to her native Finland, she was an Associate Professor (with tenure) at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Before Michigan she was at Oxford, where she got a BPhil and DPhil (2010), and was a Fitzjames Research Fellow at Merton College. She is an Editor of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
Though she mainly works in epistemology, her philosophical interests are broad. At the moment she is writing a book for Oxford University Press that aims to formulate her big picture in epistemology, bringing together work she has published in various articles.
You can contact Maria at maria DOT lasonen AT helsinki DOT fi
In September 2018, Giada Fratantonio will join the project as a postdoc. In particular, she will investigate the prospects of a novel Externalist Knowledge-first variety of Evidentialism, one that is sensitive to the various ways in which a doxastic attitude can be epistemically defective and/or epistemically successful.
After a Master’s Degree in Philosophy at the University of Milan, Giada joined the Philosophy Department at University of Edinburgh as a PhD Student. Giada has recently submitted her PhD Thesis entitled ‘Evidential Externalism’, which evaluates how varieties of Evidential Externalism relate to a cluster of topics in contemporary epistemology, such as, the nature of second-order knowledge, the infallibilism-fallibilism debate, the relation between evidence and epistemic justification. Besides traditional analytic epistemology, she is also interested in Social and Legal Epistemology, as well as Philosophy of Science.
When she is not doing philosophy, she sings, she plays piano (whenever she finds one), and she reads novels.
You can contact Giada at giada DOT fratantonio AT helsinki DOT fi
Jaakko Hirvelä is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki and will be joining the project in the fall of 2018. He gained his PhD from the University of Helsinki in March 2018. He specializes in epistemology but his philosophical interests are broad, ranging from philosophy of mind to meta-ethics. At the moment he is working on the nature of epistemic competences.
When he is not doing philosophy he spends time with his daughter, brews beer, practices historical European martial arts and enjoys the Finnish nature.
You can contact Jaakko at jaakko DOT hirvela AT helsinki DOT fi
Niall Paterson will start in the project as a post doctoral researcher in 2019. Niall's primary interests are in epistemology and the metaphysics of mind, with a particular focus on the intersection of the two. He completed his BA in philosophy at UCL in 2013. Since 2014, he has been working towards his PhD at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Alexander Bird and Jason Konek. He will be defending his thesis, which is on the relationship between dispositions and belief in August 2018.
When not doing philosophy, Niall can be found reading fiction and keeping fit.
Daniel joined the project as a postdoctoral researcher in 2019, having just finished a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Philosophical Research at UNAM in Mexico City. Before that, he obtained his doctorate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He works on the border between descriptive and normative philosophy, on how our abilities and limitations determine what we ought to do and believe. He is especially interested in these questions in relation to our attitudes, specifically in how belief and requirements to believe resemble and differ from our other attitudes (desire, admiration, etc.) and requirements to have them; and he's also interested in how these requirements resemble and differ from requirements to act. As part of this project, he's also thinking about how we talk about and express our attitudes. Finally, he has longstanding interests in conversation and its norms – essentially, in what a helpful interlocutor would do.
Outside of philosophy he is way too occupied with the politics of a lot of countries, but especially of the United States; he also likes traveling, sometimes on bikes, and dogs.
You can contact him at druckd AT gmail DOT com.