Elisa Aaltola

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Elisa Aaltola (born 1976) is a Finnish philosopher, specialised in animal philosophy, moral psychology and environmental philosophy.

She was a visiting PhD student at the Institute for Ethics, Environment, and Public Policy at Lancaster University and submitted her doctoral thesis to the University of Turku on Animal Individuality: Moral and Cultural Categorisations. Her book Eläinten moraalinen arvo (Vastapaino 2004) is considered the first commercially published Finnish monograph dedicated solely to animal ethics.[1] She is also the author of Animal Suffering: Philosophy and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) and Varieties of Empathy: Moral Psychology and Animal Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield Int. 2018) as well as around 35 peer-reviewed papers. Her edited volumes include "Animal Ethics and Philosophy: Questioning the Orthodoxy" (co-edited with John Hadley, Rowman & Littlefield Int. 2014). Aaltola is an adjunct professor at the University of Turku and a research fellow at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (University of Turku).[2]


  • Varieties of Empathy: Moral Psychology and Animal Ethics. Rowman & Littlefield In. 2018. ISBN 978-1-78660-612-9.
  • Empatia - myötäelämisen tiede (& Sami Keto). Helsinki: Into, 2017. ISBN 978-952-264-822-8.
  • Eläimet yhteiskunnassa (toim. Elisa Aaltola & Sami Keto). Helsinki: Into kustannus, 2015.
  • Animal Ethics and Philosophy: Questioning the Orthodoxy (ed. Elisa Aaltola & John Hadley). Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. ISBN 9781783481811.
  • Johdatus eläinfilosofiaan. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2013. ISBN 978-952-495-282-8.
  • Animal Suffering: Philosophy and Culture. Basingstone: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012. ISBN 978-0-230-28391-6.
  • Animal Individuality: Cultural and Moral Categorisations, 2006. Turku: Turun yliopisto.
  • Eläinten moraalinen arvo. Tampere: Vastapaino, 2004. ISBN 951-768-145-3.


  1. ^ "Elisa Aaltola". Oxford Animal Ethics. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Tutkijat". University of Eastern Finland. Retrieved 15 July 2012.[permanent dead link]