Lucci, Diego

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Lucci, Diego

Email Degree Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Naples Federico II, Italy


  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy of Sex and Love
  • Topics in Philosophy: Modern Philosophy and Film

Research Interests

  • The philosophy of the Enlightenment
  • The English Enlightenment, especially empiricism, deism, Newtonianism, skepticism, and anti-Trinitarianism
  • Early modern theologies and biblical criticism
  • Religious toleration from the Reformation Era to the Age of Enlightenment
  • The history of Jewish-Gentile relations, especially in the early modern period

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Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Naples Federico II, 2004
M.A., Philosophy, University of Naples Federico II, 2001

Recent honors

  • 2022: Elected as General Secretary of the International Society for Intellectual History – ISIH
  • 2021: AUBG Faculty Research Award
  • 2021: Senior Research Fellowship, MaimonidesCentre of Advanced Studies, University of Hamburg

Representative publications

Authored books:

  • John Locke’s Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).
  • (with P. Bernardini), The Jews, Instructions for Use: Four Eighteenth-Century Projects for the Emancipation of European Jews (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2012).
  • Scripture and Deism: The Biblical Criticism of the Eighteenth-Century British Deists (Bern: Lang, 2008).

Selected edited volumes (out of 6):

  • (with S. Corneanu and B.I. Goldberg), Philosophy, Religion, and Science in Seventeenth-Century England, special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, 11 (2022), #1.
  • (with I. Cerman and S. Reynolds), Casanova: Enlightenment Philosopher (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2016).
  • (with W. Hudson and J.R. Wigelsworth), Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, 1650-1800 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).

Recent journal articles and book chapters:

  • “Locke on Faith, Resurrection, and Salvation,” in The Oxford Handbook of Locke, ed. Patrick Connolly (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023), forthcoming.
  • “Locke’s Reasonable Christianity: A Religious Enlightener’s Theology in Context,” in Between Secularisation and Reform: Religion in the Enlightenment, ed. Anna Tomaszewska (Leiden: Brill, 2022), 237 – 265.
  • “Locke and the Socinians on the Natural and Revealed Law,” in Philosophy, Religion, and Science in Seventeenth-Century England, eds. S. Corneanu, B.I. Goldberg, D. Lucci, special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, 11 (2022), #1, 115 – 147.
  • (with A. Hessayon), “The Supposed Burning of the Racovian Catechism in 1614: A Historiographical Myth Exposed,” History, 107 (2022), 25-50.
  • “Separating Politics from Institutional Religion: The Significance of John Locke’s Theory of Toleration,” in Do We Need a New Enlightenment Age for the Twenty-First Century?, ed. Robert E. Allinson, special issue of Dialogue and Universalism, 31 (2021), #2, 67-87.
  • “The Biblical Roots of Locke’s Theory of Personal Identity,” in Science, Religion, and the Rise of Biblical Criticism, ed. J. Ungureanu, special issue of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 56 (2021), #1, 168-87.
  • “Locke and the Trinity,” Studi Lockiani. Ricerche sull’età moderna, 1 (2020), 11-38.
  • “Reconciling Locke’s Consciousness-Based Theory of Personal Identity and His Soteriology,” Locke Studies, 20 (2020), online.