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British Journal of Aesthetics

British Journal of Aesthetics
Edited byPaloma Atencia-Linares, Derek Matravers
Publication details
Oxford University Press (United Kingdom)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Br. J. Aesthet.
ISSN0007-0904 (print)
1468-2842 (web)
OCLC no.299334726

The British Journal of Aesthetics is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal covering philosophical aesthetics and the philosophy of art. It was established in 1960 and is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society of Aesthetics.[1] The first issue was edited by Harold Osborne in November 1960. The journal was originally published by Routledge and then by Thames & Hudson, before switching to its current publisher in 1975.[2]


The following people have been editor-in-chief of the journal:[citation needed]

  • 1960-1978: Harold Osborne
  • 1978-1995: Terry Diffey
  • 1995-2008: Peter Lamarque
  • 2008-2019: John Hyman, Elisabeth Schellekens
  • 2019–present: Paloma Atencia-Linares, Derek Matravers

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

Notable articles

Some of the most cited articles published in the journal are:[according to whom?]

  • Levinson, Jerrold (1 January 1979). "Defining art historically". British Journal of Aesthetics. 19 (3): 232–250. doi:10.1093/bjaesthetics/19.3.232.
  • Carroll, Noël (1 July 1996). "Moderate moralism". British Journal of Aesthetics. 36 (3): 223–238. doi:10.1093/bjaesthetics/36.3.223.
  • Lamarque, Peter (1 April 1981). "How can we fear and pity fictions?". British Journal of Aesthetics. 21 (4): 291–304. doi:10.1093/bjaesthetics/21.4.291.
  • Tolhurst, William E. (1 January 1979). "On what a text is and how it means". British Journal of Aesthetics. 19 (1): 3–14. doi:10.1093/bjaesthetics/19.1.3.
  • Budd, Malcolm (1 October 2003). "The acquaintance principle". British Journal of Aesthetics. 43 (4): 386–392. doi:10.1093/bjaesthetics/43.4.386.

BSA essay prize

Since 2008, the journal publishes the biannual British Society of Aesthetics essay prize.[6]


  1. ^ "About The British Journal of Aesthetics". Oxford Academic. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ Diffey, Terry (16 February 2019). "Memoir of the BSA and BJA" (PDF). British Society of Aesthetics. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Clarivate Analytics. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "British Journal of Aesthetics". MIAR: Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals. University of Barcelona. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Source details: British Journal of Aesthetics". Scopus preview. Elsevier. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  6. ^ "2018 BSA Essay Prize". British Society of Aesthetics. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
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