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Paola Cavalieri

Paola Cavalieri (1950) is an Italian philosopher, most known for her work arguing for extension of human rights to the other great apes. In addition to her books, she was the editor of Etica & Animali,[1] a quarterly international philosophy journal that published nine volumes from 1988 to 1998.


Press and scholarly coverage

  • Reviews of The Great Ape project: Jonathan Marks, Human Biology, December 1994. "A Trans-Specific Agenda", Russell H. Tuttle (1994), Science 264(5158): 602–603. doi:10.1126/science.264.5158.602-a "Keeping it in the family," Robert Wokler, Times Literary Supplement, 17 September 1993, reprinted in James Koobatian, The Thinking Reader, Wadsworth 2002.
  • "Isn't It Time to Give Chimps Their Due?" Letter by Calavieri to  .
  • "Rattling the cage", Salon, February 4, 2000. This review of a book by Steven Wise on animal rights briefly mentions The Great Ape Project as a precursor.
  • "Animal Liberation at 30", Peter Singer, New York Review of Books, May 15, 2003. An extensive review of four books, one of which is Cavalieri's The Animal Question: Why Non-human Animals Deserve Human Rights.
  • "Maintenir l'homme à part sans soumettre son statut au diktat des savoirs," Le Monde, June 27, 2003. Includes a mention of Cavalieri's work. In French.
  • The Animal QuestionReview of by Marco Calarco (2004), International Studies in Philosophy 36(4): 109–110, calling Cavalieri "one of the premier international animal rights theorists writing today".
  • "Great apes deserve life, liberty and the prohibition of torture", Peter Singer, The Guardian, May 27, 2006. This story by the other Great Ape Project founder describes the project in some detail as background to its pro-animal-rights message. Reprinted in the Taipei Times [1], China Daily, and Daily Times (Pakistan) [2].
  • "Spain to regard apes as ‘legal persons’." Article from The Guardian, June 9, 2006, regarding a Spanish resolution "based on the work of the Great Ape Project, which was founded in 1993 by philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri", with several paragraphs on their work. Reprinted in the Taipei Times.
  • The Encyclopædia Britannica article on apes cites The Great Ape project as additional reading. [3]


  1. ^ "About the author", from Oxford University Press's The Animal Questioncatalog entry for Cavalieri's book .
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