CFP: The Aesthetics of Idealism. Facets and Relevance of a Theoretical Paradigm (June 30, 2021)

We are glad to give notice that the call for papers The Aesthetics of Idealism. Facets and Relevance of a Theoretical Paradigm for the Rivista di Estetica (3/2022) is now open.

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

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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.

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