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«Rivista di Estetica» aims to build a bridge between aesthetic and ontology, by discussing fundamental issues of aesthetic, ontology and philosophy of contemporary art. The journal is addressed to intellectuals from a range of formations and cultures, and its main topics are aesthetic, ontology and analytic philosophy.

One of the oldest philosophical journals in Italy, founded by Luigi Pareyson in 1960 as a quarterly journal about aesthetics and more general philosophical themes, it is now directed by Tiziana Andina, professor of Philosophy at the University of Torino.

Each issue is composed by three different sections: a monographic part focused on a particular theme; a second part called Varia, hosting essays dealing with a variety of topics; and a final part reserved to reviews.

Latest issue
76 | 2021
Rethinking Philosophy, Semiotics, and the Arts with Umberto Eco

Advisory editors: Davide Dal Sasso, Maurizio Ferraris, Ugo Volli

The theoretical path of Umberto Eco (1932-2016) was that of a great intellectual who ranged from non-fiction to literary production. His was a very extensive research programme. On the basis of studies concerning
aesthetics, communication and medieval thought, Eco developed it by elaborating a semiotic theory and studying language and cognition. His reflections on the method and possibilities of theoretical formulation have been crucial to his research – precisely because, as he wrote, no theoretical system comes without contradictions. Philosophers therefore do not have the task of eliminating them but rather of seeking them out where they are not apparent. This issue of Rivista di Estetica collects essays that contribute to investigating several aspects and specificities of Eco’s research in philosophy, semiotics and the arts, in order to bring to light his reflection on theoretical investigation and his commitment to developing a practice that can offer important resources for today’s research. It is an invitation to rethink those three theoretical fields by drawing on the teachings of this great scholar.

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