Aesthetic Habits

In recent years habits have been at the center of the international philosophical debate, both in the perspective of historical as well as in theoretical and empirical research. Since habits may be thought to involve monotony and lack of creativity, how can habits be reconciled with aesthetics? The present issue of “Aisthesis” aims to discuss this question by focusing on the connection between habits and the aesthetic life.

The submission deadline is 1 October 2023. Click here for more info!

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.

Fabrizio Desideri, Università di Firenze, Italy

ISSN 2035-8466 (online) Aisthesis. Pratiche, linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico is indexed in:

Current IssueVol 16, No 1 (2023): Going Virtual – But How? Mapping Virtualities in Contemporary Technoculture

Published July 22, 2023

Issue Description

In recent years, Virtual Reality (a term coined by Jaron Lanier in the late Eighties of the last century) has become widely employed in different fields: from education to healthcare, from the military to professional training, from architecture to urban design, art production and display. First, the spread of this technology has promoted a revival of the notion of “virtuality”.

At the same time, however, it has induced a focus on a specific understanding of this notion (the technology-related one), which does not exhaust the broad historical and semantic spectrum of the virtual itself. What is more, despite such focus, the discourses around the virtual suffer from conceptual vagueness. This has been clearly shown during the Covid-19 pandemic, when “virtual” has beco... More


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