Estetika: Special Issue on Failures in Aesthetic Judgements (CfPs)

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Date(s): 23. March – 15. September


Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics invites submissions for a special issue on failures in the exercise of aesthetic judgement. Guest Editor of the issue is María José Alcaraz León (University of Murcia).

The submissions should not exceed 8,500 words, must be written in English, and prepared for anonymous peer review. For more specific guidelines, please visit the journal’s website

Confirmed contributors to the special issue are Eileen John (University of Warwick) and Elisabeth Schellekens (Uppsala Universitet).

Recent debates on the validity of Aesthetic Testimony and the centrality of the so-called Acquaintance Principle suggest that there is more to the proper exercise of aesthetic judgement than mere endorsement of allegedly correct aesthetic judgements. For example, although it is reasonable to follow experts’ judgements in certain matters of fact, it seems less acceptable to simply endorse or adopt experts’ judgements in the aesthetic domain. That reliance on testimony, by contrast to some other areas of judgement, is not sufficient for aesthetic judgement has encouraged scholars to focus in turn on the importance of the personal involvement and autonomy of the aesthetic agent.
This special issue will focus on phenomena related to failed exercises of aesthetic judgement. The choice of the theme is motivated by the belief that a careful analysis of failures in aesthetic judgement can reveal significant aspects of the nature of aesthetic experience itself as well as the roles that perception, imagination, and learning have in its proper exercise.
Estetika welcomes submissions related to topics such as aesthetic snobbery, aesthetic akrasia, bad taste, inconsistency in the exercise of taste, development of taste, and aesthetic alienation. Submissions connecting these themes to the notion of aesthetic normativity are especially encouraged.

Article manuscripts should be submitted by the 15th of September 2022 at the latest via

The planned publication schedule is as follows:
‒ Submission deadline: 15th of September 2022
‒ Decision and comments sent out: 31st of October 2022
‒ Final drafts due by: 15th of December 2022
‒ Publication date: 15th of March 2023

We would appreciate if you communicated your intention to submit a paper, ideally with a provisional title and short abstract, by 31st of May 2022 (aesthetics AT