Mika Perälä

Erik Allardt Fellow, SCAS.
Alfred Kordelin Fellow, University of Helsinki

Mika Perälä has studied classics and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. After earning
his doctorate in Theoretical Philosophy in 2010, he pursued his postdoctoral studies at Oriel
College, University of Oxford, in 2010–11 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the
Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics
in 2011–12. He held an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2012–15 and is currently
an Alfred Kordelin Fellow at the University of Helsinki.

Perälä’s principal research interests are in ancient philosophy, especially Aristotle’s philosophy
of nature, psychology, ethics, and scientific methodology. Among his most recent journal papers
are ‘A Friend Being Good and One’s Own in Nicomachean Ethics 9.9’, Phronesis 61.3 (2016),
and ‘Aristotle on Singular Thought’, Journal of the History of Philosophy 53.3 (2015). He is a
contributor to the Sourcebook for the History of the Philosophy of Mind: Philosophical Psychology
from Plato to Kant
, eds. Simo Knuuttila and Juha Sihvola (Springer, 2014), and is currently editing
(with Sonja Schierbaum) a special issue entitled ‘Negative Judgement: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern
Perspectives’ for Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy.

During his stay at SCAS, Perälä will continue his work on Aristotelian philosophy, with a special
focus on the first principles of health and disease.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.