Aisthesis. Pratiche, linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico

Founded in 2008 by Fabrizio Desideri and Giovanni Matteucci, «Aisthesis. Pratiche, linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico» is a peer-reviewed Open Access Journal whose focal aim is to promote interdisciplinary and transcultural research and debate in Aesthetics and the arts. Transcending traditional subject boundaries and understanding the notion of "aesthetic" as a pervasive component of human cultures and life forms, Aisthesis innovatively integrates a major focus on the intersection between aesthetics and the contemporary sciences (biology, psychology, neurosciences) with an in-depth interest in the history of the discipline, its leading classics and great metaphysical questions.

The journal appears biannually, in spring and autumn, and welcomes insightful academic articles and timely book reviews. Each issue includes a thematic cluster and a miscellany; call for papers are regularly announced on the journal website. "Aisthesis" is indexed, among others, in The Philosopher's Index, SCOPUS, PhilPapers, Google Scholar, and WoS Clarivate.

Editor in Chief

Prof. Fabrizio Desideri, University of Florence, Italy




Call for Papers


Call for paper is out now: 


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
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