Journal Mission, Aims and Scopes

AzimuthPhilosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age is indexed by:

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General information about the journal:

  • Form of publication: print/subscription (issues are available for purchase at:
  • Periodicity: semi-annual
  • Publication schedule: June/December
  • ISSN: 2282-4863
  • Publisher: Inschibboleth edizioni (Rome, Italy)

Azimuth. Philosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age is an international journal of philosophy, whose editors are active in Italy and abroad, which promotes international research on theoretical and epistemological issues at the intersection of the analytic and continental traditions: for this reason, the journal prefers English as its language of publication but remains open to the use of other languages (Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish), acknowledging them also as the vehicle for debates on the topics of interest of the journal. The authors and editors of the issues are academically active in Europe and other continents.

The journal was created in 2011 by a group of resear­chers originally brought together by the open-access journal Lo Sguardo. The journal, though largely maintaining the editorial structure of Lo Sguardo, stems from different philosophical demands. It is aimed at scholars looking at the international scene in philosophy and the human sciences who are interested in the evolutionary dimension of concepts and ideas in the modern and contemporary world. This sense of being in a two-way flow while attempting to integrate different thrusts in time and in thought, from the past to the present and from the present to the past, has been the idea guiding us from the beginning in creating the journal, and lies behind the specific choice of its name. The term “azimuth” actually derives from the Arabic as-sumut, which literally means “the directions”. Beyond the many suggestions its etymology might evoke, the important thing is that the azimuth defines an astronomical co-ordinate without which it is not possible to map the horizon and so establish a route in navigation.

This is a journal for those seeking their bearings. We are thinking, however, of a particular kind of explorers: those venturing out into philosophy, which Plato described as a “second navigation”. That means, most notably, those braving the perils of the ocean of concepts along the opposite route to the well-charted one, that of their historical phenomenology. Actually, thought in the modern age has always spontaneously seen itself as an exercise in navigation, and in particular navigation beyond the frontiers.

We currently find ourselves in a time when that exploration has paradoxically been accomplished, the post-modern era characterised by the loss of the unexplored, by saturation with the known, by the disappearance of the unknown and therefore by an absence of depth.

From here it sometimes looks as if philosophical thought has lost the impetus of desire to cover new ground, has come to a halt or even reached its end; or maybe not. To us it seems to have set sail along different and unseen routes: we might need to go back to those places once left behind, to revisit them and make them once again our own but, above all, to overstep the overstepping of our boundaries, generating a new and antilinear form of progress. In this curious form of navigation we would like Azimuth to serve as a device for finding one’s bearings within the complexity of current philosophical debate, as a map of past and present navigation, a new logbook for old explorations to be revisited. To hold the memory of the routes by which we made our way before and must inevitably make our way again.

Azimuth is registered at Tribunale di Roma (Italy) with the following ISSN number: 2282-4863.

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