Rivista di Estetica

Rivista di Estetica publishes thematic issues about philosophical topics. It is one of the oldest philosophical journals in Italy, established in 1956 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-in-Chief of Rivista di Estetica is Tiziana Andina, Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Turin, Italy.

The Executive Editor is Carola Barbero, 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.

For information, you can write to redazionerivistadiestetica@gmail.com

Guidelines for authors: Eng Ita.

The open-access digital edition is now available on Revues.org

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


Tiziana Andina

Editorial Board

Carola Barbero, Executive Editor

Elena Casetta, Managing Editor

Francesco Camboni

Davide Dal Sasso

Erica Onnis

Vera Tripodi


Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Chair: Maurizio Ferraris, University of Turin

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

Rivista di Estetica (3/2021)

The Senses of Smell: Scents, Odors and Aromatic Spaces

Advisory Editors: Nicola Perullo (University of Pollenzo), Elena Mancioppi (University of Pollenzo)

Mail to: n.perullo@unisg.it and redazionerivistadiestetica@gmail.com

Deadline for submission: July 30, 2020



It is often said that smell is not essential for civilized and urban life. Nevertheless, private environments as well as public spaces, bodies, objects and food are increasingly deodorized and/or scented. In fact, in everyday experiences, the sense of smell is a driving force of human behavior and has a pivotal role in orientating emotional reactions, expectations, choices, preferences, and judgments.

Since the eighties of the 20th century, a new interest, both in human and in natural sciences, seems to have been flourishing in order to recognize its processes, functions and effects. Many studies have shown its relevance in identity formation, social life, bodily health and psychological well-being, and olfaction turns out to be deeply influential in the perceptual engagement with the environment and in the relationship with the otherness and the familiar.

However, in philosophy, with exceptions, the sense of smell is still a marginal and accidental object of inquiry. It is mainly linked to subjectivity, recollection, idiosyncratic association, intuition and sagacity. From a phenomenological and aesthetic perspective, odors are temporary and transient phenomena; furthermore, they are difficult to grasp also by language and taxonomy, as difficult attempts throughout history to fix stable classification and terminology show.

This issue of “Rivista d’Estetica” has two main aims. On the one hand, to shed light on potentialities, inconsistencies, cognitive features and aesthetic values of olfactory perception; on the other, to suggest interpretations of smells and flavors understood as affective stimuli used not only in arts (for example theatre and performance art) but also in culinary practices, space and product design, chemical industry, perfumery, etc.

Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 40.000 characters.

Rivista di Estetica (1/2022)

Rethinking Through Art: East and West

Advisory Editors: Xiao Ouyang (Wuhan University, China), Tiziana Andina, (Università di Torino, Italy)
Mail to: ouyang.xiao@whu.edu.cn and redazionerivistadiestetica@gmail.com

Deadline for submission: 28 February 2021


Over the centuries, art has been a prominent form of cultural exchange between the East and the West. This role has become even more prominent in the last three hundred years. Western painting and music introduced by European missionaries shaped the tastes of the Chine
se imperial courts since the 17 th century. The “Chinoiserie” style inspired by Chinese aesthetics contributed a great deal to the dynamics of the 18 th -century European art-world. Japanese Ukiyo-e – the art of the “floating world” – was believed to have a significant impact on the Impressionists. It becomes evident that contemporary artists from the East and the West have formed a collaborative community of creativity. While more and more art historians are shifting part of their research interest to the Eastern art traditions, looking into them in their own right, or investigating art history in a greater trans-cultural context, many philosophers of art still remain relatively reluctant to either philosophize about art from a cross-cultural perspective, or try to conceptualize its central issues by drawing on diverse cultural experiences and studies of the non-Western histories of art. In the last several decades, the field of philosophy of art and aesthetics in the West has seen many great theoretical achievements, which enable us to think about and create art in a profoundly meaningful way, bringing art more than ever closer to “pure” philosophy. But, when we look closely at these influential philosophical inquiries into art, we find they are, by and large, exclusively inspired and dominated by the European art tradition and engages research materials from very specific origins, often shunning potential challenges from non-Western art as well as the historical facts of artistic interaction and the on-going confluence of artistic practice in our age. This issue aims to reopen a ground for rethinking some fundamental philosophical
questions about art within a cross-cultural context. We encourage reflection on any important topic in the philosophy of art on the basis of Eastern-Western comparison or synthesis. We especially prefer submissions addressing the following issues: the definition of art, ontology of art, art and creativity, art and self-cultivation. Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 40.000 characters, notes and blank-spaces included.

Rivista di Estetica (2/2022)

Title: Aesthetics of Contemporary Work: Depictions, Narratives, Conceptualization

Advisory Editors: Angela Condello (University of Messina), Tiziano Toracca (University of Ghent/University of Turin), Zhao Kuiying (University of Nanjing)

Submission: angela.condello@unito.it and redazionerivistadiestetica@gmail.com

Deadline for submission: May 2, 2021



This issue aims at analysing the depiction and conceptualization of contemporary work in the fields of art and philosophy. By addressing “contemporary work” we refer to a temporal phenomenon (i.e. to the idea of work as it is perceived in the era of globalization) and we thus encourage submissions concerning artworks (performative arts, figurative arts, comics, photography, literature, cinema, tv series, web series) or concerning philosophical re-conceptualizations of the world of work over the last forty years (1980-2020).

Work is today among the most debated themes in public discourse not only because it represents an anthropological aspect of continuity of human action and one of the main forms of social recognition and exchange (especially starting from the re-evaluation of work that occurred in the Middle Ages, with the birth of the middle class in contrast to aristocracy), but also because it has gone through radical transformations whose reasons and consequences are at the centre of a pluri-disciplinary, international and political debate.

The concepts of “work” and “labour” today are often used not properly: this is proved by the large bibliography produced on these themes as well as the fact that the meaning of the terms ‘work’ and ‘labour’ is far from clear and thus hard to categorize. Labour appears to be a stratified phenomenon mixing hyper-modern elements with hyper-arcaic ones; that crosses all modernity; that is based on formal, logic and positive parameters but that at the same times implies emotional, uncountable symbolic elements (e.g. fatigue, happiness, realization), forms of representation, concepts like identity or social status.

It is a loose category, which links together very different phenomena all far in reality (in space and time) and in our imaginary.

The issue welcomes papers addressing the following questions:

  • To which extent can we define human action according to the criteria defining the working life0
  • How does work distinguish man from other species (if it does)?
  • What is the opposite of work? Otium? Freedom?
  • How can the exemplary worker be depicted? As a citizen?
  • Which myths and symbolic structures are at play in similar representations?

Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 30.000 characters, notes and blank-spaces included.

Rivista di Estetica (3/2022)

TitleThe Aesthetics of Idealism. Facets and Relevance of a Theoretical Paradigm

Advisory Editors: Giovanna Pinna (Università del Molise), Serena Feloj (Università di Pavia), Robert Clewis (Gwynedd Mercy University)

Mail to: giovanna.pinna@unimol.it and redazionerivistadiestetica@gmail.com

Deadline for submission: June 30, 2021


The last few decades have seen an increased interest in the aesthetics of German Idealism. In particular, this turning point in the history of philosophical reflection on beauty and art has been made fruitful for explorations of contemporary artistic practices. The focus, however, has so far been put primarily on a limited number of themes and authors, with a marked prevalence of investigations into Hegel and the issue of the ‘end of art’.

The publication of the transcripts of Hegel’s lectures and new annotated editions of other works (such as Schelling’s Philosophie der Kunst or Solger’s Vorlesungen über Ästhetik) have significantly broadened the textual base. This fresh material has allowed scholars to explore in more depth the development of the thought of individual authors, as well as the relationships, affinities and distances between their differing positions.

The aim of this volume is to reconsider post-Kantian aesthetics by dwelling on the variety of thinkers, and theoretical issues that defined it, in order to discuss the outcome – in terms of aesthetic theory – of these positions and their possible contribution to current discussions on art and its social and philosophical relevance.

Submissions focusing on the relationship between German Idealism and Romanticism, or on the position of authors like Hölderlin, Fichte, Schelling, Vischer, or Solger within the framework of post-Kantian aesthetic thought, or on specific aspects of the theory of Idealism, including relatively overlooked topics like the comical or humorous, are welcome.

Articles must be written in English or in Italian and should not exceed 40.000 characters, notes and blank-spaces included.

Rivista di Estetica (1/2023)

Title: Unpacking the social world: groups and solidarity

Advisory editors: Francesco Camboni (University of Eastern Piedmont), Raul Hakli (University of Helsinki), Valeria Martino (University of Genoa)

Deadline for submission: January 8, 2022


“Sociality” is a fuzzy word that can be found in a wide range of scopes and debates, from antiquity to the contemporary age. Notwithstanding or rather just in virtue of its wide currency, however, there is no explicit consensus on the meaning “sociality” has. While biology and sociology have rather wide notions of sociality, the focus of social ontology is on the social world, that is, the ontological domain which is populated by social entities. While according to some sociality occurs as long as there is interaction among people, involving joint commitments and plural subjects, others refer to the social world as mostly made of institutional facts or social objects, or deal with social actions and practices.

This issue of Rivista di Estetica aims at shedding light on sociality by addressing two core classic subjects of social philosophy: groups and solidarity. Indeed, groups are the most obvious result of sociality as the tendency of grouping, depending on living and interacting with others. On the other hand, as another branch of sociality, solidarity has only recently attracted remarkable attention from social and political philosophers; while some propose to unpack it in terms of joint action, others explore the forms of mutual recognition that are combined in solidarity.

Topics and research questions include (but are not limited to):

  • The nature and identity of social groups;
  • Is sociality a constitutive feature of groups of people?
  • The nature of solidarity, and – if any – its opposite;
  • The kind of psychological mechanisms involved in dynamics of solidarity;
  • Is solidarity related to some distinctive group kind?
  • Is solidarity a necessary or sufficient condition for group formation?


Instructions: Submissions focusing on other aspects of social groups and solidarity, both from a theoretical and an ethical point of view are welcome. Articles must be written in English or in Italian and should not exceed 40.000 characters, notes and blank-spaces included.

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