The Journal for the Philosophy of Language, Mind and the Arts
Topic: Philosphy

  • e-ISSN 2723-9640
  • Periodicity biannual
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Aims & Scope

The Journal for the Philosophy of Language, Mind and the Arts is an online, biannual, periodical journal, published by Edizioni Ca’ Foscari Digital Publishing.The Journal is the expression of an active research group based at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University, in Venice (Italy). The same group of scholars previously founded a research centre called CLAVeS, which currently gathers the scientific activities (seminars, conferences, meetings, etc.) that its members hold in Venice. The research topics this Journal investigates stand between Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Art. Hence, the Journal is intended to offer a chance to develop a thorough and interdisciplinary research (in terms of both interrelations and exchanges within the international scientific community. Furthermore, the Journal is set to provide the opportunity to discuss several theoretical issues, which lie at the core of contemporary philosophical and scientific debate.No particular school or theoretical orientation as well as attitude is excluded a priori. Indeed, contributors are asked to hold an open perspective without any dogmatism, as well as due rigour of argumentation and thematic choices, in order to abide by the richness and variety of theoretical approaches and visions.

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    Editor in chief
    Luigi Perissinotto, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia    

    Scientific Board
    Jocelyn Benoist, Université de Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne    
    Annalisa Coliva, University of California, USA    
    Pascal Engel, EHESS, Paris    
    Shaun Gallagher, University of Memphis, USA    
    Garry L. Hagberg, Bard College, New York, USA    
    Wolfgang Huemer, Università degli Studi di Parma, Italia    
    Daniel Hutto, University of Wollongon, Australia    
    John Hyman, University College, London, UK    
    Oskari Kuusela, East Anglia University, UK    
    Michael Lüthy, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, Deutschland    
    Diego Marconi, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    
    Anna Marmodoro, University of Oxford, UK    
    Kevin Mulligan, Université de Genève, Suisse    
    Claudio Paolucci, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Italia    
    Francesca Piazza, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italia    
    Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte, Universidad de Valencia    
    Pierre Steiner, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France    
    Claudine Tiercelin, Collège de France, Paris, France    
    Jesús Vega Encabo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, España    

    Editorial Board
    Cristina Baldacci, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Pietro Conte, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Marco Dalla Gassa, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Roberta Dreon, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Susanne Franco, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Mattia Geretto, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Alessandra Jacomuzzi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Diego Mantoan, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Eleonora Montuschi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Gian Luigi Paltrinieri, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Luigi Perissinotto, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Begoña Ramón Cámara, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, España    
    Carlos Vára Sanchez, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Editorial assistants
    Filippo Batisti, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Alessandro Cavazzana, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Marco Gigante, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Alice Morelli, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Francesco Ragazzi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Elena Valeri, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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  • Call for papers

    Image/images. A debate between philosophy and visual studies

    Editors: Alessandro Cavazzana, Francesco Ragazzi

    As we are frequently told, we live in the age of images and the possibility of their endless manipulation. Yet, when we talk about images, we refer to a set of objects – assuming that we can actually define images as objects – of which it seems difficult to identify a common denominator. What kind of things are we talking about? Paintings or drawings? Mental images? Photographs or digital files? Billboard advertising? And can this multitude be the subject matter of a single discipline? Starting from the past century, at least two main approaches have emerged in the study of the complex phenomenon of images.

    On the one hand, in particular within the context of analytic philosophy, images have been studied as single entities in relationship with both a referent and the perceptual or interpretive abilities of an observer. Starting from the reactions to the illusionistic theory of depiction commonly attributed to Ernst Gombrich, scholars have faced ontological and epistemological problems, that have generated passionate and long-lasting debates. What is an image? What is the difference between images and other symbolic communication systems? By means of what does an image represent something? How do images work? And again, how does a viewer perceive a picture? What role, if any, does imagination play in perceiving an image and what kind of imagination is involved?

    On the other hand, thanks in particular to the iconographic tradition inaugurated by Aby Warburg, images have been analyzed in their multiplicity, in their mutual relationship, both synchronically and diachronically. Hence, scholars have taken into account the problem of anachronism. How are meanings conveyed and transformed through images and their reproduction? How can images from the past be interpreted? How can an art historian – if she can – leave the mental habit of her own time to penetrate that of another age?

    This issue aims at comparing the two disciplinary approaches briefly outlined – i.e., the analytic tradition and the so-called visual culture studies – also considering those technological and cultural innovations that in contemporary times have had an effect on images too. Indeed, one cannot fail to see that images, in particular in the Web, are spread and manipulated in specific ways. Moreover, images increasingly replace the verbal language as a key tool for conveying meanings. To what extent is it possible to compare images to language? How can the elliptical nature of images suggest a diegetic development to the viewer? In short, how do images tell us a story? Finally, the huge number of images produced every day, perhaps requires new analysis methods to better understand this phenomenon. What can studies based on big data analysis tell us about images? What new perspectives can be opened up by computational approaches to visual studies?

    Submission deadline: January 30th, 2021

    Notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2021

    Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 6.500 words. The instructions for authors can be consulted in the journal’s website: ‘Editorial Guidelines’.

    Submissions must be suitable for blind review. Each submission should also include a brief abstract of no more than 650 words and five keywords for indexing purposes. Notification of intent to submit, including both a title and a brief summary of the content, will be greatly appreciated, as it will assist with the coordination and planning of the issue.

    For any query, use please the following addresses: Alessandro Cavazzana, Francesco Ragazzi

    Please submit your proposals to the email or using the apposite section ‘Contacts’ of the ‘Journal info’ page.

    Invited Contributors:

    • Katerina Bantinaki, University of Crete
    • Gabriele Ferretti, University of Basel
    • Riccardo Manzotti, IULM (Milano)
    • Jesse Prinz, City University of New York (CUNY)