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.




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. 



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 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?




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.



Bodies and cultures. How we become ourselves

Advisory Editors: Chiara Cappelletto (, Carmine Di Martino (

Deadline for submission: July 20 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.                                                                         



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". 



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. 



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.  


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