Elisa Aaltola

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

She studied 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), as well as over 30 peer-reviewed papers on animal philosophy. 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 senior research fellow at the University of Eastern Finland.[2]


  • 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]