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ISSN: 2352-2704

Aesthetic Investigations solicits contributions for its third issue, 2016 Summer. Submission may relate to the calls below, but need not. For calls for future issues, please consult our website, [please mark the different deadlines per section]
We are also soliciting temporary editors for the Arts & Artists-section, for our future issues. See down.



Articles are anonymously reviewed, and should not normally exceed 7,500 words. We welcome articles addressing questions about any philosophical issue regarding art and aesthetics. We particularly solicit contributions in the upcoming issue of Aesthetic Investigations on the following theme.

2016 Summer (deadline for submission: March 15 2016):
What is art’s role in society?
Is art an isolated, elitist practice, or is it the last vestige for subjectivity and our sole hope for mending technological and scientific reduction of humanity? Or is it just fun, and luxury?

Arts & Artists

Contributions to the Arts & Artists-section are not anonymously reviewed, and should not normally exceed 3000 words. For our Arts & Artists section we welcome short texts addressing questions about artists and their art. We particularly solicit papers attempting to initiate or refresh aesthetic discussion in our journal on the following themes:

Ongoing theme: Which (philosophical) problem(s) do you feel you are dealing with in your art today?

2016 Summer (deadline for submission: May 15 2016):
What is art’s role in society?


Contributions to the Fresh section are not anonymously reviewed, and should not normally exceed 3500 words. For our Fresh section we welcome short texts addressing questions about art and aesthetics. We particularly solicit papers attempting to initiate or refresh aesthetic discussion in our journal on the following themes:


Why . . . aesthetics / Why aesthetic . . . (author to fill in the dots.)
What is your conception of aesthetics? Aesthetic Investigations requests philosophical responses (of no more than 3000 words) to our open-ended discussion on “Why...Aesthetics”, inviting aestheticians to defend anything from evolutionary aesthetics, the reduction of aesthetics to the philosophy of perception, the tendency toward neuro-aesthetics, the search for wonder, the focus on surprise, or the objections to any of these.
2016 Summer (deadline for submission: May 15 2016):
How do you view art’s role in society?

Best wishes,

Rob van Gerwen, editor-in-chief

Aesthetic Investigations

Aesthetic Investigations is an international journal for aesthetics. It is Open Access and anonymously reviewed.
Aesthetic Investigations is published online only, on behalf of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics (the Nederlands Genootschap voor Esthetica, est. 1997).

Our interest is with the present. The history of aesthetics is discussed for its pertinence for contemporary debates. The aim of Aesthetic Investigations is to develop contemporary debates in philosophical aesthetics, and initiate new ones—and to do this from any viable angle. We welcome contributions from analytical as well as continental philosophers of art.

The journal encourages philosophical discussion amongst philosophers, humanities researchers and critics, of all the arts and those interested in the aesthetics of the everyday; about the norms of success and correctness at stake in their discipline; about the phenomenology of the appreciative experience of all the art forms, and of particular exemplary works and situations. Aesthetic Investigations also encourages debates about philosophical issues regarding one or the other of the art forms; the impact of works of art on their public, political, ethical, cultural context, and of these contexts on the works; the ontology of art, and their definition, and so on.

Lastly, Aesthetic Investigations encourages reports of artistic research activities—distinguishing between the material scrutiny done while making a work and the research preceding such scrutiny. The Arts & Artists section is devoted to the contribution of artistic scrutiny and artistic research and includes art-critical discussion, interviews with artists, and patrons, as well as interviews with philosophers of art. This rubric also allows criticism of articles in the article-section. Criticism of articles from other journals shall count as articles.

We adhere to the view that communication is possible at all levels, but do not assume that all philosophers speak the same language. We start by letting all philosophies speak in their own tongue, allowing philosophers to clarify their points using their own philosophical jargon. The clarification, it is our hope, is what will bring about the conversation. Let us all be clear — in our own terms. Our website facilitates that articles be submitted in anonymised form, for the sake of anonymous reviewing, and that biographical details and a 150 words abstract are provided in a separate file. Pictures to be included, are delivered as separate files (indicate clearly in the text where they should go). Copyright clearance is the author’s responsibility.

Contributions to the Fresh section are not peer-reviewed and should not normally exceed 3500 words.

Arts & Artists
Of course, arts and artists are part of the conversations in the philosophies of the arts. We encourage critics to discuss the philosophical aspects of artists’ works; artists to write about their own work, or about the works of others. We encourage philosophers to talk to artists about their works, and so on. The Arts & Artists-section is edited by alternating editors—if you are interested to edit the Arts & Artists section for a future issue, please apply with our editor. The section is not peer-reviewed. Contributions to the Arts & Artists-section should not normally exceed 3000 words and should include an abstract of no more than 100 words. We welcome the inclusion of pictures, which are eligible for publication as “the image of the journal” on the home page of an issue.

Reviews should not normally exceed 2000 words.

All texts submitted should be original, but we allow translations into English of articles and contributions to the Arts & Artists-section, with the proviso that the quality of the English is the author’s responsibility.

Editorial Board

Editor in chief: Rob van Gerwen, Utrecht University —
Editor Articles and Reviews: Arthur Cools, University of Antwerp —
Editor Articles: Sue Spaid, Brussels —
Editor Arts & Artists:
Assistant to the editor: Jurry Ekkelboom, Nijmegen —


Texts to be submitted should either be in LaTeX (and BibTeX) or in Word (doc or docx), or RTF.
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