Diego Lucci

Diego Lucci is an Associate Professor of History and Philosophy and the Chair of the Department of History and Civilizations at the American University in Bulgaria. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2004 and also taught at Boston University and the University of Missouri St. Louis.

He has been awarded research grants and other honors by various academic organizations, including the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Fulbright Association, the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society, and the Observatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum. He has lectured and done research at many universities and institutes, including the College of William & Mary, Boston College, and Villanova University in the US, the Institute of Historical Research, the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and Queen’s University Belfast in the UK, the universities of Bologna, Parma, Verona, Insubria, Florence, and the Catholic University of Milan in Italy, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Ruhr University in Bochum, and the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

His research mainly focuses on the philosophy of the Enlightenment and the history of Jewish-Gentile relations.

 

Works focusing on the history of the idea of Europe and on the history of European identity

 

Books

  • Diego Lucci and Paolo Bernardini, The Jews, Instructions for Use: Four Eighteenth-Century Projects for the Emancipation of European Jews, Perspectives in Jewish Intellectual History, vol. 1 (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2012), 214 pp.

Edited books

  • Diego Lucci, La memoria del male. Percorsi tra gli stermini del Novecento e il loro ricordo [The Memory of Evil: A Journey through Twentieth-Century Genocides and Their Memory], eds. Paolo Bernardini, Diego Lucci, and Gadi Luzzatto Voghera, Primo Levi Project Proceedings, vol. 1 (Padova: Cleup, 2006), 232 pp.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters 

  • Diego Lucci, “The Suppression of the Jesuits and the Enlightenment Discourse of Jewish Emancipation,” in The Tragic Couple: Encounters between Jews and Jesuits, eds. James Bernauer and Robert A. Maryks (Leiden: Brill, 2013), forthcoming (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Allosemitismo ed emancipazione ebraica” [Allo-Semitism and Jewish Emancipation], in Vita ebraica e mondo moderno. Esperienze, memoria, “nuovo pensiero” [Jewish Life and the Modern World: Experiences, Memory, “New Thinking”], ed. Emilia D’Antuono, Cultura filosofica e scienze umane, vol. 15 (Napoli: Giannini, 2011), 17-34 (invited article).
  • Diego Lucci, “Ebraismo e grecità nell’Italia tardomoderna. Studio sul ‘Saggio sugli Ebrei, e sui Greci’ di Giuseppe Compagnoni” [Judaism and Greek Culture in Late-Eighteenth-Century Italy: A Study on Giuseppe Compagnoni’s ‘Essay concerning the Jews and the Greeks’], Studi Veneziani, n. s., 52 (2006), #2, 473-542 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “La presenza ebraica nel mondo occidentale in età moderna: recenti prospettive storiografiche” [The Jewish Presence in the Western World in the Early Modern Age: Recent Historiographical Perspectives], Il Pensiero Politico, 39 (2006), #1, 275-282 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Introduzione” [Introduction] to La memoria del male. Percorsi tra gli stermini del Novecento e il loro ricordo [The Memory of Evil: A Journey through Twentieth-Century Genocides and Their Memory], eds. Paolo Bernardini, Diego Lucci, and Gadi Luzzatto Voghera, Primo Levi Project Proceedings, vol. 1 (Padova: Cleup, 2006), 9-22.
  • Diego Lucci, “Cristianesimo e islam secondo John Toland. Cristianesimo originale, concezioni islamiche e tolleranza religiosa nel ‘Nazarenus’ (1718)” [Christianity and Islam in John Toland’s Thought: Original Christianity, Islamic Concepts and Religious Toleration in ‘Nazarenus’ (1718)], Atti dell’Accademia di Scienze Morali e Politiche, 116 (2005), 349-370 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “La tolleranza come ‘latitude’. Origini e importanza del latitudinarismo inglese del Seicento” [Toleration as ‘Latitude:’ The Origins and Significance of Seventeenth-Century English Latitudinarianism], Annali di Storia Moderna e Contemporanea, 11 (2005), 215-229 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Magna Charta Universitatum and European Culture: Renewing the Continental System of Higher Education and Overcoming the Crisis of European Conscience” (Finalist Essay, “Magna Charta Prize”), Observatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum (2004)

Reviews

  • Diego Lucci, Review of Stephen G. Burnett, Christian Hebraism in the Reformation Era (1500-1660): Authors, Books, and the Transmission of Jewish Learning (Leiden: Brill, 2012), to be published in the Intellectual History Review, in progress.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Peter Forsskål, Pensieri sulla libertà civile (1759), ed. Elisa Bianco (Macerata: Liberilibri, 2012), Cromohs: Cyber Review of Modern Historiography, 17 (2012), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Jonathan Karp, Adam Sutcliffe (eds.), Philosemitism in History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), Cromohs: Cyber Review of Modern Historiography, 16 (2011), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Eric Nelson, The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2010), Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, 6 (2011), #1, Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Paolo Bernardini, Le rive fatali di Keos. Il suicidio nella storia intellettuale europea da Montaigne a Kant (Torino: Fondazione Ariodante Fabretti, 2009), Cromohs: Cyber Review of Modern Historiography, 15 (2010), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of David Sorkin, The Religious Enlightenment: Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 75 (2009), #1-2, 262-264.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of The Anthropology of the Enlightenment, eds. Larry Wolff and Marco Cipolloni (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007), Il Pensiero Politico, 42 (2009), #2, 260-261.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Jonathan I. Israel, Enlightenment Contested: Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man 1670-1752 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), Nuova Rivista Storica, 92 (2008), #2, 581-585.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Adam Sutcliffe, Judaism and Enlightenment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, first ed. 2003), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 73 (2007), #1, 134-137.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Zygmunt Bauman, La società dell’incertezza (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1999), Crisi e conflitti (2007).
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Charles L. Glenn, Il mito della scuola unica, ed. Elisa Buzzi (Genova – Milano: Marietti, 2004), Crisi e conflitti (2005).

 

Publications focusing on other issues

Books

  • Diego Lucci, From Messiah to Moral Philosopher: Non-Trinitarian Concepts of Jesus in Enlightenment England, 1690-1750, to be submitted to the book series Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History, Cambridge University Press, in progress.
  • Diego Lucci, Scripture and Deism: The Biblical Criticism of the Eighteenth-Century British Deists, Studies in Early Modern European Culture, vol. 3 (Bern – New York – Oxford: Peter Lang, 2008), 256 pp.

Edited books

  • Diego Lucci, Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, 1650-1800, eds. Wayne Hudson, Diego Lucci and Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth, preface by Jonathan I. Israel, afterword by Margaret C. Jacob (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), forthcoming.
  • Diego Lucci, Luigi Castiglioni, Lettere dalla Francia (1784) e Viaggio in Inghilterra (1784-85) [Letters from France (1784) and Travel in England (1784-85)], eds. Paolo Bernardini and Diego Lucci, Biblioteca di Cultura Moderna e Contemporanea, vol. 4 (Novi Ligure: Città del Silenzio, 2009), 136 pp.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Diego Lucci, “Henry Dodwell the Younger and His Skeptical Attack on Christianity,” in Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, 1650-1800, eds. Wayne Hudson, Diego Lucci and Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), forthcoming (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “William Wollaston’s Religion of Nature,” in Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, 1650-1800, eds. Wayne Hudson, Diego Lucci and Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), forthcoming (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, (Co-author Paolo Bernardini), “Casanova on Suicide,” in Casanova and the Counter-Enlightenment, ed. Ivo Cerman, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2014), forthcoming (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci,  “American Political and Social Life in Luigi Castiglioni’s ‘Travels in the United States of North America’ (1790),” in Cultural Intermediaries in the Eighteenth Century, eds. Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding and Ellen R. Welch (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2013), forthcoming (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Deism,” in The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, 430-2000, eds. Karla Pollman and Willemien Otten (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), forthcoming (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “An Eighteenth-Century Skeptical Attack on Rational Theology and Positive Religion: ‘Christianity Not Founded on Argument’ by Henry Dodwell the Younger,” Intellectual History Review, 23 (2013), forthcoming, electronic version published in 2012 and available here.  (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Religione naturale ed ebraismo nel revival settecentesco del deismo di Herbert di Cherbury” [Natural Religion and Judaism in the Eighteenth-Century Revival of Herbert of Cherbury’s Deism], in L’etica come fondamento. Scritti in onore di Giuseppe Lissa [Ethics as Foundation: Studies in Honor of Giuseppe Lissa], eds. Paolo Amodio, Emilia D’Antuono and Gianluca Giannini (Napoli: Giannini, 2012), 213-218 (invited article).
  • Diego Lucci, “English Deism in History and Historiography,” La Frusta (2012), Read (invited article).
  • Diego Lucci, “Discussing Deism: An Attempt to Resolve a Conflict of Interpretations,” Nuova Rivista Storica, 94 (2010), #1, 157-170 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci,  “David Hume,” in Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione [Historical Dictionary of the Inquisition], 4 vols., ed. Adriano Prosperi (Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2010), vol. 2, 755-756 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Isaac Newton e il newtonianesimo” [Isaac Newton and Newtonianism], in Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione [Historical Dictionary of the Inquisition], 4 vols., ed. Adriano Prosperi (Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2010), vol. 2, 1114 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Nota sui recenti studi sul deismo inglese” [A Note on the Recent Studies on English Deism], Cromohs: Cyber Review of Modern Historiography, 14 (2009), Read (peer-reviewed)
  • Diego Lucci, (Co-author Paolo Bernardini), “Introduzione” [Introduction] to Luigi Castiglioni, Lettere dalla Francia (1784) e Viaggio in Inghilterra (1784-85) [Letters from France (1784) and Travel in England (1784-85)], eds. Paolo Bernardini and Diego Lucci, Biblioteca di Cultura Moderna e Contemporanea, vol. 4 (Novi Ligure: Città del Silenzio, 2009), 15-64.
  • Diego Lucci, “Judaism and the Jews in the British Deists’ Attacks on Revealed Religion,” Hebraic Political Studies, 3 (2008), #2, 177-214 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Judaism and Natural Religion in the Philosophy of William Wollaston,” British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 30 (2007), #3, 363-387 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Filosemitismo e apocalittica nell’ermeneutica biblica di Isaac Newton” [Philo-Semitism and Apocalyptics in the Biblical Hermeneutics of Isaac Newton], Materia Giudaica, 10 (2005), #1, 135-150 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Fra mito e realtà storica. Sulla presenza ebraica in America centrale e meridionale nell’epoca moderna” [Between Myth and Historical Reality: The Jewish Presence in Central and South America in the Early Modern Age], Cultura Latinoamericana, 7 (2005), 329-350 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, and Paolo Bernardini, “Politica e filosofia in Giacomo Casanova. Quattro inediti” [Politics and Philosophy in Giacomo Casanova’s Thought: Four Unpublished Works], Annali dell’Università di Ferrara. Sezione di Storia, 2 (2005), 251-270 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Il pensiero unico contro la libertà di pensiero. Assimilazione, esclusione e antagonismo dell’attività intellettuale nel sistema consumistico contemporaneo” [Free-Market Thought versus Freedom of Thought: The Assimilation, Exclusion and Antagonism of Intellectual Work in Contemporary Consumer Society], Crisi e conflitti (2005).
  • Diego Lucci, “Ebraismo e antichi paganesimi. Il sincretismo religioso di Herbert di Cherbury e i suoi influssi sugli studi storico-religiosi del Seicento” [Judaism and Ancient Pagan Religions: Herbert of Cherbury’s Religious Syncretism and Its Influence on Seventeenth-Century Historical Religious Studies], La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 70 (2004), #1, 19-45 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “Magna Charta Universitatum and European Culture: Renewing the Continental System of Higher Education and Overcoming the Crisis of European Conscience” (Finalist Essay, “Magna Charta Prize”), Observatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum (2004).
  • Diego Lucci, “Tendenze filosemite nella cultura inglese del Seicento” [Philo-Semitic Tendencies in Seventeenth-Century English Culture], La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 68 (2002), #2, 19-41 (peer-reviewed).
  • Diego Lucci, “John Toland e la cultura ebraica” [John Toland and Jewish Culture], Atti dell’Accademia di Scienze Morali e Politiche, 112 (2001), 157-172 (peer-reviewed).

 

Reviews

  • Diego Lucci, Review of Ariel Hessayon, David Finnegan (eds.), Varieties of Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth-Century English Radicalism in Context (Farnham – Burlington: Ashgate, 2011), Reviews in History (2011), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Fabrizio Lomonaco, New Studies on Lex Regia (Bern: Peter Lang, 2011), Bollettino del Centro di Studi Vichiani, 41 (2011), #2, 82-85.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Anthony Julius, Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 77 (2011),  #1-2, 304-307.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Gli ebrei e la destra. Nazione, Stato, identità, famiglia, eds. Paolo Bernardini, Gadi Luzzatto Voghera and Piergabriele Mancuso (Roma: Aracne, 2007), Il Pensiero Politico, 43 (2010), #1, 138-139.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of David B. Ruderman, Connecting the Covenants: Judaism and the Search for Christian Identity in Eighteenth-Century England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 74 (2008), #3, 241-244.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Ariel Hessayon, Gold Tried in the Fire: The Prophet TheaurauJohn Tany and the English Revolution (Aldershot – Burlington: Ashgate, 2007), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 74 (2008), #1, 273-275.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Vested Voices: Literary Transvestitism in Italian Literature, eds. Erminia Passannanti and Rossella Riccobono (Leicester: Troubador, 2006), Annali d’Italianistica, 26 (2008), 447-448.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Michael Walzer, Sulla guerra (Roma – Bari: Laterza, 2006), Crisi e conflitti (2008).
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Tommaso Caliò, La leggenda dell’ebreo assassino. Percorsi di un racconto antiebraico dal medioevo ad oggi (Roma: Viella, 2007), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 73 (2007), #3, 132-136.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Giovanni Tarantino, Lo scrittoio di Anthony Collins (1676-1729): i libri e i tempi di un libero pensatore (Milano: Franco Angeli, 2007), Il Pensiero Politico, 40 (2007), #3, 590-591.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Gadi Luzzatto Voghera, Antisemitismo a sinistra (Torino: Einaudi, 2007), Crisi e conflitti (2007).
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Bernard de Fontenelle, Felicità e libertà, ed. Paolo Amodio (Napoli: Edizioni Partagées, 2006), Nuova Rivista Storica, 91 (2007), #3, 36-39.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Edward Herbert di Cherbury, La religione del laico, ed. Saturnino Muratore (Palermo: L’Epos, 2006), Rassegna di Teologia, 47 (2006), #5, 787-793.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Giacomo Casanova, Dialoghi sul suicidio, ed. Paolo Bernardini (Roma: Aracne, 2005), Nuova Rivista Storica, 90 (2006), #3, 55-59.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Giovanni Di Capua, Luigi Saibene, Luigi Castiglioni nel Paese degli uomini liberi (Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 2005), Il Pensiero Politico, 39 (2006), #3, 495.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Salvatore Lucchese, Forza centrifuga. Studi sul federalismo meridionale (Napoli: La Città del Sole, 2005), La Frusta (2006), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Rosella Faraone, Giovanni Gentile e la “questione ebraica” (Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 2003), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 72 (2006), #1, 221-227.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Erminia Passannanti, Poem of the Roses: Linguistic Expressionism in the Poetry of Franco Fortini (Leicester: Troubador, 2004), Annali d’Italianistica, 23 (2005), 380-382.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Giampiero Carocci, Storia degli ebrei in Italia. Dall’emancipazione ad oggi (Roma: Newton & Compton Editori, 2005), La Frusta (2005), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Erminia Passannanti, Il corpo e il potere. Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma di Pier Paolo Pasolini (Leicester: Troubador, 2004), Pol.it. Psichiatry on line Italia, 11 (2005), #9, Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Michael Walzer, L’intellettuale militante. Critica sociale e impegno politico nel Novecento (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2004), La Frusta (2005), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Leo Baeck, Il Vangelo: un documento ebraico, eds. Daniel Vogelmann and Vanna Vogelmann (Firenze: Giuntina, 2004), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 70 (2004), #2, 173-177.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Salvatore Lucchese, Federalismo, socialismo e questione meridionale in Gaetano Salvemini (Manduria – Bari – Roma: Lacaita, 2004), La Frusta (2004), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Hannah Arendt, Antisemitismo e identità ebraica. Scritti 1941-1945, ed. Marie Louise Knott (Torino: Edizioni di Comunità, 2002), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 69 (2003), #3, 176-179.
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Paolo Bernardini, La veglia della ragione (Rovagnate: Edizioni Biografiche, 2002), Pol.it. Psichiatry on line Italia, 9 (2003), #10,  Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Joe J. Heydecker, Il Ghetto di Varsavia. Cento foto scattate da un soldato tedesco nel 1941 (Firenze: Giuntina, 2000), La Frusta (2001), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of Luther Blissett, Q (Torino: Einaudi, 2000), La Frusta (2001), Read
  • Diego Lucci, Review of La cultura ebraica all’epoca di Lorenzo il Magnifico, eds. Dora Liscia Bemporad and Ida Zatelli (Firenze: Olschki, 1998), La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, 66 (2000), #1, 141-143.

 

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