Rivista di Estetica

Rivista di Estetica publishes thematic issues about philosophical topics. It is one of the oldest philosophical journals in Italy, established in 1960 as a quarterly journal about aesthetics and more general philosophical themes.

Rivista di Estetica practices double blind refereeing and publishes both in Italian and English.

The editor of Rivista di Estetica is Maurizio Ferraris, professor of philosophy at the University of Turin, Italy.

The managing editor is Tiziana Andina, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Turin, who follows the day-to-day functioning of Rivista di Estetica, as well as the contacts with authors and referees. All editorial correspondence should also be addressed to

Guidelines for authors: Eng | ITA.

The open access digital edition is now available on

The journal is indexed bySCOPUSWeb of Science Core Index AHCIThe Philosopher’s IndexRépertoire bibliographique de la philosophie, ERIH, Articoli italiani di periodici accademici (AIDA), Catalogo italiano dei periodici (ACNP), Google Scholar.


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Editorial Board

Head of The Editorial Board

Tiziana Andina

Editorial Board

Carola Barbero

Francesco Camboni

Elena Casetta

Davide Dal Sasso

Erica Onnis

Vera Tripodi


Editorial Committee


Maurizio Ferraris, Università di Torino

Editorial Committee

Tiziana Andina, Università di Torino

Alessandro Arbo, Université de Strasbourg

Marco Belpoliti, Università di Bergamo

Mauro Carbone, Università di Milano

David Carrier, Indipendent scholar

Roberto Casati, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris

Jean-Pierre Cometti Université de Provence

Arthur C. Danto Columbia University (New York)

Stephen Davies, The University of Auckland

Mario De Caro, Università di Roma Tre

Pina De Luca, Università di Salerno

Fabrizio Desideri, Università di Firenze

Giuseppe Di Giacomo, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”

Günter Figal, University of Freiburg

Grahm Harman, American University in Cairo

Pietro Kobau, Università di Torino

Jerrold Levinson, University of Maryland

Giovanni Lombardo, Università di Messina

Armando Massarenti, Università di Bologna

Giovanni Matteucci, Università di Bologna

Pietro Montani, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”

Jacques Morizot, Université de Provence

Frédéric Nef, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Mario Perniola †, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”

Nicola Perullo, Università di Scienze Gastronomiche, Pollenzo

Lucia Pizzo Russo Università di Palermo

Roger Pouivet, Université de Nancy

Luigi Russo †, Università di Palermo

Amie Thomasson, University of Miami

Salvatore Tedesco, Università di Palermo

Achille Varzi, Columbia University (New York)

Nicla Vassallo, Università di Genova

Stefano Velotti, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”


Call for Papers

Call for Papers—Rivista di Estetica (1/2021)

Title: Thinking with Umberto Eco: Philosophy, Semiotics, and the Arts

Advisory Editors: Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin), Ugo Volli (University of Turin), Davide Dal Sasso (University of Turin)

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Deadline for submission: May 1, 2019



In the foreword of The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas (1988), the book that originally was his degree thesis, Umberto Eco emphasized two important issues concerning philosophy and its possible objects of inquiry. There is no theoretical system that does not have any contradiction. Indeed, being a structural model that aims to temporarily make the reality intelligible, a system must have a contradiction that can undermine its validity. The philosopher does not therefore have the task of eliminating the contradictions of a system, rather it must produce them where they do not appear. A methodological principle that Eco has followed in his researches, from the first studies in aesthetics to those in semiotics.
This issue of “Rivista di Estetica” aims to investigate Eco’s works in philosophy, semiotics and on the arts, in light of the reflection about the relationship between the philosopher and his practice. The volume will be divided in three sections devoted to philosophy, semiotics, and the reflection on arts. “Rivista di Estetica” encourages submissions of contributions that can be included in each section. Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 5,000 words.

Call For Papers ‒ “Rivista di Estetica” (3/2020)

Title: Ethics of the Environmental Crisis

Advisory Editors: Davide Pala (University of Rijeka) and Carlo Burelli (University of Rijeka)

Deadline for submission: March 31, 2019




In the last decades, the environmental conditions of our planet have dramatically worsened. For example, planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius since the 19th century, and most of this warming has occurred in the past 35 years. Moreover, since 1970, CO2 emissions have increased by about 90%, and the current rate of ocean acidification is faster than at any time in the past 300 million years. Besides this, it has been estimated that we are losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, i.e. about one to five species per year, with a precipitous decline of biodiversity. Hence, one could argue that we are currently experiencing an environmental crisis of unprecedented magnitude, pace and severity.

There is an urgent need to reflect on this crisis from both a moral and political point of view, either in a comprehensive or in a more focussed way. In particular, we should ask: what makes the current environmental crisis or one of its specific manifestations distinctively bad or unjust? Are they bad or unjust per se, or rather for derivative reasons dealing with their bad impact on the well-being of humans? In the latter case, to what extent should we care about the well-being of future generations, besides that of the present ones? Does the current environmental crisis or one of its specific manifestations represent an evil that can be more or less easily avoided, or rather a specific form of injustice? If the perspective of justice is adopted, which kind of injustice is at stake? A form of distributive injustice or rather a violation of either human or environmental rights? Or do the phenomena under analysis represent another form of injustice, such as, for instance, a form of domination? Moreover, who is both causally and morally responsible for the current environmental crisis or one of its manifestations? Should we point at several states and transnational private agents, both understood as collective agents, or at our species as a whole, if it makes sense to speak of our species as a (responsible) agent? And what about our shared responsibilities either as citizens or human beings, if there are any? How should we judge those citizens that deny the seriousness of the environmental crisis? Also, who has now the duty to redress the current environmental crisis? How? Are proposals such as the Half-Earth project desirable and do they meet feasibility requirements?

This issue of “Rivista di Estetica” invites papers concerning the current environmental crisis that address these and related questions from the perspective of both moral and political philosophy, philosophy of science and ontology. Papers must be written in English, should not exceed 40.000 characters, notes and blank-spaces included, and should be prepared for blind review. Both PDF and Word format will be accepted.

Call for Papers—Rivista di Estetica (2/2020)

Title: Rethinking Schelling. Nature, Myth, Realism.

Advisory Editors: Emilio Carlo Corriero (University of Turin), Iain Hamilton Grant (University of the West of England, Bristol)

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Deadline for submission: March 1, 2019



The international debate around realism, revitalized today by the emerging “new realism”, meaningfully interweaves with a renewed interest in Schelling’s philosophical positions, an author who, right in the midst of the philosophical project of German Idealism, forcefully insinuated the natural-realistic objection introducing a breach within the modern rationalism. On the one hand, philosophy of nature represents a line of continuity along which the whole Schelling’s philosophical journey develops in its various phases; on the other hand, the relevance of Schelling’s philosophy of nature to the contemporary debates cannot be properly understood but in the wider context of that entire journey.

This issue of “Rivista di Estetica” has two main aims: examining how and to which extent the contemporary international debate on New Realism brought to the forefront Schelling’s Naturphilosophie; and exploring the value of Schelling’s Naturphilosophie as a theoretical resource for several fields of research such as the contemporary philosophy of nature and the ontology of powers, the concept of identity and the mind-body problem, the speculative realism and the metaphysical issue of the ground.

Call for Papers—Rivista di Estetica (1/2020)

Title: New Ontologies of Art
Advisory Editor: Adam Andrzejewski (Uniwersytet Warszawski) 
Deadline for submission: January 30th, 2019



The aim of this special issue of “Rivista di Estetica” is to shed light on the role of ontology in contemporary aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Ontology of art is flourishing, with a plethora of papers appearing each year dedicated to this area. It is commonly believed that ontology of art is the main field in aesthetics. This is not surprising since many (if not all) aesthetic questions presuppose some level of ontological inquiry. On the other hand, lasting achievements in this area have proved elusive. The artworld constantly brings forth new art objects and practices that undermine established ontological categories and concepts. This indisputable fact is a trigger for new investigations within and beyond traditionally understood ontology of art. Central questions/topics for this issue will be: Do we (still) need ontology of art? How can ontology of art help in understanding or experiencing artworks? What is the ontology of emerging art forms? Can ontology of art be influenced by other disciplines such as law and science? Do intuitions play a central role in the ontology of art?
“Rivista di Estetica” warmly invites papers to these and related questions that reconsider the value and methods of ontology of art – broadly understood – by exploring new concepts and fields of inquiry.