Fostering a dialogue enriched by contributions from both the analytic and the continental tradition (and drawing on authors such as Broch, Diderot, Levinson, and Wittgenstein), this volume delves into the complex relationship between aesthetics and values. Notably, it focuses on decisive aspects of the nature of aesthetic value and its multiple connections to other kinds of value. This concerns not only the issue of how it can be distinguished from artistic value, with which it is often associated and sometimes even confused, but also, as is becoming increasingly evident in the contemporary debate, the urgency of inquiring into how aesthetic and artistic values relate to moral, cognitive, and political values.

Claudio Rozzoni obtained his PhD in aesthetics and theory of art from the University of Palermo with a dissertation on Marcel Proust and philosophy. In 2011, he was awarded the New Aesthetics Prize by the Società Italiana d’Estetica (SIE). He is currently a researcher in aesthetics at the Institute of Philosophy of the New University of Lisbon (IFILNOVA). He was a visiting scholar at the Husserl Archive at the Universität zu Köln and at UCLA (Department of Film, Television and Digital Media). In addition to articles and book chapters, his most recent works include the first Italian edition of the Husserlian manuscripts on Image and Phantasy (2017) and Nell’immagine. Realtà, fantasia, esperienza estetica (2017).

Nélio Conceição is a research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the New University of Lisbon (IFILNOVA). He obtained his PhD in philosophy (aesthetics) from the New University of Lisbon in 2013, with a thesis on the relation between philosophy and photography. He was a visiting scholar at PUCSão Paulo (2015) and ZfL-Berlin (2016). His research focuses on aesthetics, and he has been working on the philosophical and artistic ramifications of Walter Benjamin’s work, on urban aesthetics and the concept of play, topics that are at the core of his latest publications.