Call for papers for Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica

Call for papers

Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica publishes in this page Calls for papers. 

Alexius Meinong and His Contemporaries (deadline: 31st May 2020)

Special Issue of «Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica» on the Centenary of Alexius Meinong’s Death

A century after the death of the Austrian philosopher Alexius Meinong (1853-1920), founder of the «object theory», «Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica» devotes a special issue to the theme: «Meinong and his Contemporaries», edited by Michele Lenoci, Savina Raynaud, Lorenzo Fossati, and Venanzio Raspa.

During his life, Meinong enjoyed the same notoriety as Husserl, to whom he has been compared in both criticism and appreciation: for Meinong, as for Husserl, the debt to Brentano and Bolzano has been widely acknowledged; for more than ten years they maintained a correspondence, which finally came to an end for marginal questions. Another figure often associated to Meinong is Bertrand Russell, with whom Meinong had a controversy that has been extensively studied. However, there are many other figures of contemporary philosophers, who have dealt with Meinong’s ideas and with whom Meinong got in touch.

In the German-speaking area, Meinong has opened straightforward theoretical discussions both with his students (like Christian von Ehrenfels and Stefan Witasek) and with Brentano’s most faithful disciples (Anton Marty, Alfred Kastil and Oskar Kraus), with whom a veritable cultural battle was underway. Yet, some features of Meinong’s thought (e.g. the object theory, the theory of values, the psychology, the theory of perception, the assumptions, and the theory of relations) are discussed also by Ernst Cassirer, Rudolf Carnap, Ernst Bloch, as well as by Hugo Bergmann, Heinrich Gomperz, Carl Stumpf, and Walther Schmied-Kowarzik. Moreover, some Meinongian topics can be found also in Neo-Kantian Schools like those of Leonard Nelson and Marburg, in Nicolai Hartmann, Theodor Lipps, Moritz Geiger, in “minor” authors such as Josef Klemens Kreibig, Martin Honecker, Johannes Thyssen, Karl Marbe, Hermann Schneider, but also Hans Vaihinger, whose theories, after the publication of Die Philosophie des Als Ob, were immediately compared with Meinong’s positions.

Looking at the other European countries, some authors, who either dealt with Meinong’s thought, or with whom he came into relationship are Per Efraim Liljeqvist in Sweden, Akós von Pauler and Menyhért Palágyi in Hungary, France Veber in Slovenia. Thanks to Kazimierz Twardowski, the object theory was discussed by several exponents of the Lviv-Warsaw school (Jan Łukasiewicz, Stanisław Leśniewski, Leon Chwistek, Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz, Roman Ingarden). In the English-speaking area, the first theses to be known were those connected with the theory of values, thanks to John Stuart Mackenzie in the UK and Wilbur M. Urban in the US. Meinong’s positions were discussed also by George Edward Moore, Charlie Dunbar Broad, George Dawes Hicks and Thomas S. Eliot. Furthermore, Meinongian themes can be found in James Mark Baldwin, in the «new realists», as well as in the «critical realists», in particular George Santayana. Even in Italy there have been both criticism and positive appreciation of the «object theory project». In particular, it is worth mentioning Antonio Aliotta, Alessandro Bonucci, Gaetano Capone-Braga, Francesco De Sarlo, Michele Losacco, Francesco Orestano, and Steno Tedeschi. However, the above-mentioned are only some possible research-paths concerning the developments of Meinong’s thought.

This issue of «Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica» aims to convey a map of the network of the relations which are of interest to Meinong’s philosophy, a philosophy which still shows vivacity, even when Meinong’s texts are read through various perspectives and with different purposes from those of his contemporaries.

Authors interested in publishing a paper on these topics are requested to send it by e-mail to, as an attached file in WORD or PDF formats.

Please attach an anonymous version of your paper under the title: «Manuscript», and a separate «Cover page» indicating the full name of the author(s), a short bio-bibliographic note, the university affiliation and full contact details.

Articles can be submitted in Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish. Each submission may not exceed 5,000 words. The submission should contain an abstract in English not exceeding 150 words. All file properties that may identify the author must be removed to ensure anonymity during the referral process.

«Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica» will send the contributions to an independent reviewer(s) in a double-blind procedure. Authors of accepted articles may be requested to change or improve their articles if suggested by reviewers. There are no guidelines regarding formatting in the first selection procedure. 
If submissions are accepted for publication in RFNS, authors will be asked to produce a final version that abides by the downloadable guidelines to be found here:

The deadline for submission of manuscripts is 31st May 2020. The issue will appear, at the latest, in December 2020.

Further enquiries may be addressed to


The latest Call:

The work of Franz Brentano, the origins of his thought, his originality and that of his school (deadline:30/04/2019)

Special Issue of: «Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica» a century and more after his death.

Following the conferences that were arranged in order to celebrate the centenary of Brentano’s death in 1917 held in Prague, Vienna, Parma, etc. the «Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica» revisits the person and the work of the philosopher with the monograph «The work of Franz Brentano, the origins of his thought, his originality and that of his school», edited by Michele Lenoci, Savina Raynaud and Gemmo Iocco.

Philosophical and Theological Thought in Saint Bonaventure (deadline:15/06/2017)

Special Jubilee Issue of: Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica in Celebration of the 800th Anniversary of Saint Bonaventure’s Birth

In the eighth centenary of his birth, Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica celebrates the figure and the work of Saint Bonaventure (1217 ca - July 15th 1274), Franciscan theologian and philosopher, with the Monographic Issue 2017-04 Philosophical and Theological Thought in Saint Bonaventure, edited by Alessandro Ghisalberti, Onorato Grassi and Paola Müller.

Communicating Existence: Singularity and its Languages. On the 200th Anniversary of Søren Kierkegaard's Birth (deadline: 01/09/2013)

Special Jubilee Issue of: "Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica" in Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Søren Kierkegaard's Birth.

In the bicentennial year of Søren Kierkegaard's birth (May 5, 1813 - May 5, 2013) the "Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica" celebrates the work and influences of the Danish philosopher with a Monographic Issue dedicated to the theme of the "Communication of Existence", a central topic in the philosopher's thought. The questions we propose to be addressed include: How is it possible to "communicate", to "share" a singular existence? Can a singular existence have a universal meaning? What are the limits, and the potential, of a philosophical language? How does Kierkegaard in his multifaceted and original production confront this problem? What kind of language does he employ and, especially, for what purpose?

Further enquiries may be addressed to



Enter the code to activate the service.