Elisa Aaltola

Elisa Aaltola (born 1976) is a Finnish philosopher, specialised in animal philosophy, moral psychology and environmental philosophy.[1]

Elisa Aaltola
Aaltola in 2015
Born1976 (age 4647)
Petäjävesi, Finland


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.[2] 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 40 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).[3]

Aaltola is a vegan.[4] Her brother is Mika Aaltola, the director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.[5]


  • Me ja muut eläimet: Uusi maailmanjärjestys (ed. with Birgitta Wahlberg). Tampere: Vastapaino, 2020. ISBN 9789517688147.
  • Ihminen kaleidoskoopissa (ed. with Vilma Hänninen). Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2020. ISBN 9789523450769.
  • Häpeä ja rakkaus: Ihmiseläinluonto . Helsinki: Into, 2019. ISBN 9789523511552.
  • Varieties of Empathy: Moral Psychology and Animal Ethics. Rowman & Littlefield Int. 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.

See also


  1. "Elisa Aaltola". www.utu.fi. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  2. "Elisa Aaltola". Oxford Animal Ethics. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  3. "Tutkijat". University of Eastern Finland. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  4. Cronin, Keri; McArthur, Jo-Anne (December 2015). "Philosophy, Activism, and an 'Attentive Willingness to Reconsider One's Duty Toward Others': Elisa Aaltola's Contributions to Animal Advocacy". Unbound Project. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. "Sinikka Aaltola: "Jonkun elämä voi mennä niin, ettei siinä ole yhtään valoa"". Petäjävesi (in Finnish). 18 May 2021. Retrieved 30 October 2022.

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