Elisa Aaltola
FT, docent


Areas of expertise
Ethics, animal philosophy, normative moral psychology, environmental philosophy


Elisa Aaltola, PhD, works as a collegium-researcher in philosophy at the University of Turku, Finland. Her research has focused on animal philosophy and normative moral psychology. Aaltola has published eight books on these topics,
including Varieties of Empathy: Moral Psychology and Animal Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield 2018),
Animal Ethics and Philosophy: Questioning the Orthodoxy (co-edited with John Hadley, Rowman & Littlefield 2014), and
Animal Suffering: Philosophy and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan 2012). She is also the author of over 35 peer-reviewed papers.


The TIAS-project "Moral Agency and the Revival of Sentimentalism: New Directions in Moral Psychology" explores the role of emotions in moral decision-making. It takes part in normative moral psychology and asks, which kinds of emotions we ought to follow in order to cultivate our moral ability in relation to humans, other animals, and the environment.
Emotions such as varieties of empathy, shame, anger, guilt, humility and wonder are among those to be mapped out, as are emotive mental attitudes such as second-order attention.  

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