Call for papers


CALL FOR PAPERS 2018-2020 



All editorial inquiries should be addressed to:

Fabrizio Desideri (Editor):

Aisthesis publishes academic articles in Italian, English and French, current  research articles, symposia, special issues, and timely book reviews. It publishes two issues per year and contains a thematic section, a miscellany, notices and reviews. Each issue contains invited papers and contributed papers.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with the journal style which you should download here.

Articles should be submitted using the online submission system. They should be in .doc or .docx format, A4, paginated, double spaced throughout (i.e. including references and quotations), with ample margins. They should be formatted for blind review, not normally exceed 7,500 words and should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and five keywords (in English).

Tables and illustrations should be submitted to the online submission system in separate files to the main manuscript. Please be aware that you may have to secure figure permissions upon acceptance.



Mind, Nature and Beauty in the Medieval Philosophy

Advisory Editor: Anna Rodolfi (


Deadline for submission: November 30, 2017

Expected release: April 2018


The Issue focuses on the analysis of the models of mind and nature elaborated in the medieval philosophy from the Early Middle Ages to the 14th century. We welcome contributions addressing the following topics: i) the aesthetic perception of the nature through the notions of harmony and beauty including music and figurative art; ii) the contemporary interpretations of medieval aesthetics; iii) the operation and limits of the human mind in the knowledge of the phenomenal reality; iv) the states of mind in the knowledge of God; v) auto-reflexivity and self-consciousness; vi) the conceptualization and representation of the nature in the philosophical and theological field.  



Aesthetics of Photography

Advisory Editor: Maddalena Mazzocut-Miss (


Deadline for submission: May 31 2018

Expected release: October 2018


This monographic issue theoretically explores the current status of photography in relation to the contemporary definition of "art" and aims to foster, develop and encourage the study of aesthetics in photography as a contemporary art production. The main focus will be on the technical and aesthetic-artistic features that characterise this mimetic art. The possible research themes are as follows: Mimesis and indexicality in photography; temporality of the photographic image; digital photography and photography in the age of the Internet 2.0; the shaping of emotions in photography. 



From the aesthetic Mind to the symbolic Mind:.
Perceptual dynamics, mimesis and human theatricality

Advisory Editors: Lorenzo Bartalesi ( , Mariagrazia Portera (


Deadline for submission: October 31 2018

Expected release: April 2019


In the frame of the international conference "From the Aesthetic Mind to the Symbolic Mind. Perceptual Dynamics, Mimetic Practices, Human Theatricality", to be held in Florence, 26-28 October 2017, this Issue aims at renewing and reviving the international debate around the notions of "aesthetic mind", "mimetic practices", "theatricality", and the close relationship among them.

We welcome contributions addressing the following topics: a) evolution of the human capacity for symbolic thought; b) relevance of the first human artefacts for understanding the human mind as an aesthetic mind (archaeological perspectives on the transition from the aesthetic to the symbolic mind); c) From perceiving to having an aesthetic experience: cognitive implication of the aesthetic attitude; d) Psychobiological underpinnings of aesthetic and artistic practices in humans; e) the inter-relationship between "mimetic practices", "human theatricality" and "aesthetic mind". 



Bodies and cultures. How we become ourselves

Advisory Editors: Chiara Cappelletto (, Carmine Di Martino (


Deadline for submission: April 30 2019

Expected release: November 2019


This issue aims to question the apparently naïve Voltairian argument that our noses are made to wear glasses. We shall discuss to what extent cognitive processes and bodily performances are engendered or rather expressed by cultural practices and material objects, and challenge the understanding of the implied notions of nature and culture as a polarity.

We intend to address three major questions: 1) How does our living body relate to inorganic prostheses – from rocks to shoes – so as to involve them in our ordinary intellectual activity? 2) Can we establish a discontinuity between functional objects and cultural products, or should we instead think in evolutionary terms also within the realm of material agency, tracing a trajectory from tools to symbolic artefacts and devices, and mirroring human evolution itself? 3) Is the increasing attention paid by scholars trained in Western dualistic thought to the animacy of inorganic bodies leading us toward a “second-hand animism”, or are we facing an actual turning point in humanities?

Key words: material agency, bodily agency, human cognition, symbolic practices, enhancement, affordances, prosthetics.

We welcome contributions from scholars in aesthetics, phenomenology, cognitive sciences, philosophical anthropology, art history, and visual and performance studies.



Finalism in judgment, finalism of judging

Advisory Editors: Fabrizio Desideri (, Fausto Fraisopi (


Deadline for submission: October 31 2019

Expected release: April 2020


The relationship between finalism and judgment has been often interpreted only as the finalism attributed, by judging, to certain object or phenomena. Sometimes has been inversely interpreted from the point of view of the finality of judging itself, i.e., the teleological orientation of judging in the complex dimension of life.

Judging seems at the same time a circular movement, starting from the nature itself, and from the nature of our mind, going to the dimension of objects, structures, natural kinds, beauty, etc. and coming back to nature of man, and nature itself, by a sort of mirroring. Such dynamics of complementary mirroring between inverse finality relations has been already explored from a philosophical point of view by German Idealism (Fichte, Schelling, Novalis, Hölderlin, Hegel) but also by Phenomenology (Husserl and Merleau-Ponty). At the same time, such topic opens new links to other disciplines and to an interdisciplinary approach to the activity self of judging as well as to the conception of finality in many research fields as ethno-anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, history of ideas.

The issue of Aisthesis devoted finalism in judgment and finalism of judging intend to rethink such “ordo inversus” of the relationship between judgement and finality bridging gaps between philosophy (and aesthetics) and other disciplines, by putting together essays of scientists and scholars focusing the double dimensionality of judging.

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