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The Wording of Thoughts:

Reading Philosophy Through Archives and Manuscripts

Guest editors

Benedetta Zaccarello, CEFRES, CNRS-MEAE, Prague and Charles University Prague, (

Fabrizio Desideri, Università degli studi di Firenze (

Deadline for submission, April 30/2020

Expected release: November 2020 

The philosophical manuscript is a peculiar object that has only recently started to receive proper consideration. However, in Europe for instance, major archival centers have for a long time been collecting important philosophical data — such as Nietzsche, Benjamin or Kierkegaard’s archives — and have contributed to preserve the memory of philosophical writing across the 20th century. This process has led to the constitution of an archival heritage that remains open to further exploration. 

This issue of Aisthesis aims to investigate the specific status of philosophical manuscripts and of the forms and modalities of expression to which they testify. We welcome contributions illuminating the approach to this type of document, and proposing methodological considerations embedded in specific practices of archival research. Philosophical manuscripts are usually known and studied by hyper-specialized scholars working on the critical edition of such or such thinkers. In this issue of Aisthesis, we wish to bring together various archival experiences testifying to the specificity of the work on philosophical manuscripts. We welcome contributions by scholars and archivists working on manuscripts of Western and non-Western philosophical corpuses.

We propose the three following orientations:

1) What are the methodological specificities in studying a philosopher’s work from the standpoint of manuscripts and archives? What does archival research bring to philosophical inquiry and to the history of philosophy? How does it affect our understanding of the process of philosophical writing – the philosopher’s ‘wording of thoughts’?

2) How has the development of digital technologies transformed approaches to archives and manuscripts, as well as the work of interpretation, representation, edition, and publication of philosophical archives?

3) What are the different politics of conservation of philosophical archives, and how do these affect the approach to manuscripts? Are there specific modalities of curating and archiving philosophical manuscripts, and what are their social or political implications? What is the status of the philosophical manuscript from a cultural, ideological or even religious point of view?


Posted: 2019-02-28

New Call for Papers is out now




Advisory Editors: Andrea Mecacci (, Laura Gilli (

Deadline for submission: October 31 2019 

Expected release: April 2020

This issue of Aisthesis investigates the conceptual area of craft. Throughout the history of aesthetics, discourse on craft has always intertwined with that on the categorisation of the arts, as well as with the very notion of art itself. 

Reflections will be prompted on the notion of craft by studying not only its aesthetic boundaries but also its pervasive capacity. Attention will be drawn to how to concepts, structures and languages of craft penetrate into different artistic and cultural fields. 

Craft now transcends the field of applied arts, having developed into a conceptual area applied in different fields, as argued in Colin Campbell’s 2005 study on so-called “craft consumers” where Campbell emphasises the pursuit of craft in contemporary consumption as well as an aesthetic dimension of consumption.

The theoretical boundaries of craft remain blurred. It is necessary, then, to reflect on the very roots of, and the successive developments in, the conceptual area of craft. It is also necessary to investigate the acknowledged characteristics of craft itself. How do they manifest themselves in different artistic and cultural spheres? How has craft permeated culture, originating fruitful artistic combinations? Possible fields of research include: the theoretical notion of craft; its reflections in the arts; the adoption in non-craft fields of craft theories and practices; authors, currents, literary works etc. dealing with craft and craftspeople.

Posted: 2018-10-29

NEW: Accepted Manuscripts Section

In response to feedback from the research community, Aisthesis makes articles available online after the acceptance.

Accepted Manuscript is ‘the version of the article accepted for publication including all changes made as a result of the peer review process, and which may also include the addition to the article by Acta of a header, an article ID, a cover sheet and/or an ‘Accepted Manuscript’ watermark, but excluding any other editing, typesetting or other changes made by FUP and/or its licensors’.

Posted: 2018-03-29

VIth Mediterranean Congress of Aesthetics


VIth Mediterranean Congress of Aesthetics
June 24-28, 2014
Florence – Villa Finaly
University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne & CNRS
Institut ACTE – UMR 8218 - Æsthetica

The Sixth Mediterranean Congress of Aesthetics will take place at Villa Finaly in Florence, Italy, from the 24th to the 28th of June, 2014, and will be concerned with the contemporary debate over the opposition of facts and values in aesthetics.
The Mediterranean basin passes through an unparalleled crisis. So, the context and the current changes support the idea that the question of ‘value’ and its confrontation with the concept of ‘fact’ is urgent. In The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy and Other Essays (2004), Hilary Putnam argues convincingly against a classic opposition which does not serve philosophical reflection positively; in fact, this apparently unquestioned and unquestionable dichotomy, which is the nature of all dogma, leaves many unsolved, untreated, unseen and unexamined problems in aesthetic’s fields too. Actually, the definition of value remains opaque: should the artwork be judged according to its moral value, its market value, or its formal value? And now art is increasingly populated by so-called ‘immaterial’ or ‘ephemeral’ works and is therefore rarely, or badly, quantifiable according to old aesthetic and economic evaluation criteria. The social function of art therefore seems to be against a radical idea of artistic and aesthetic autonomy.
Can we pass judgement? If necessary, would the aesthetic be transformed? Would it be eradicated from its very origins as a science of the sensible? How can we not ask the question of the role of art, artistic practices and aesthetic theories in such a crisis?

Proposals should include a title, an abstract of approximately 250 words (1,500 characters including spaces), and a short biography and bibliography of the author. They should be sent by email before March 1st 2014 to
Jacinto Lageira (
Evangelos Athanassopoulos (

The proposals will then be sent anonymously to a selection committee. A reply will be sent before March 15th. Selected participants will then receive information about Congress registration (through Paris 1 services) and accommodation arrangements (through Villa Finally services).

Organising Committee:
• ACTE Institute (Art Creation Theory Aesthetics) – UMR 8218, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and CNRS, Research Group Æsthetica - Art and Philosophy

With the participation of:
• Société Française d’Esthétique
• Società Italiana di Estetica (SIE)
• Chancellerie des Universités de Paris
• École doctorale Arts plastiques, Esthétique et Sciences de l’art, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
• Aisthesis. Pratiche, linguaggi e saperi dell'estetico
• Proteus, Cahiers des théories de l’art

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Posted: 2014-02-26

International Conference “The aesthetic Mind and the Origin of Art”


Aisthesis is pleased to announce the international Conference “The aesthetic Mind and the Origin of Art” that will be held in Florence from 23 to 25 January 2014. The speakers of conference are: Lorenzo Bartalesi (Università di Firenze), Jean-Pierre Cometti (Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille I), Fabrizio Desideri (Università di Firenze), Ellen Dissanayake (University of Washington), Roberta Dreon (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Filippo Fimiani (Università di Salerno), W. Tecumseh Fitch (University of Vienna), Gesche Westhphal Fitch (University of Vienna), Elio Franzini (Università di Milano), Fabio Martini (Università di Firenze), Winfried Menninghaus (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics – Frankfurt am Main), Edmund T. Rolls (University of Warwick), Elisabeth Schellekens (Uppsala University), Salvatore Tedesco (Università di Palermo), Giuseppe Vitiello (Università degli Studi di Salerno).

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Posted: 2013-12-24
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