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Alberto Radicati di Passerano

(1698– 1737), Italian-born religious controversialist and author. Alberto Radicati di Passerano, who was born in 1698 either at Passerano or Casalborgone, of an old Piedmontese ...

Radicati di Passerano, Alberto

Radicati di Passerano, Alberto (1737)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

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...incorruptible, and eternally fertile. Radicati died on 24 October 1737 , alone, sick and miserable, drawing near to the Calvinist faith from which his moral and religious challenge had arisen. [See also Calvinism ; Death ; Deism ; Italy ; and Materialism .] Ajello, Raffaele et al. , eds. Dal Muratori al Cesarotti: Politici ed economisti del primo Settecento, vol. 5: Adalberto Radicati di Passerano . Milan and Naples, 1978. A selected anthology of Radicati's works. Alberti, Alberto . Alberto Radicati di Passerano . Turin, 1931. Berman, David . A...

Alberto Radicati di Passerano

Alberto Radicati di Passerano  

(1698– 1737), Italian-born religious controversialist and author. Alberto Radicati di Passerano, who was born in 1698 either at Passerano or Casalborgone, of an old Piedmontese noble family, did not ...
Morgan, Thomas

Morgan, Thomas (d. 1743)   Reference library

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...interesting, then, that Morgan seems to have translated a purely materialist tract by the Sardinian exile Alberto Radicati di Passerano , published as A Philosophical Dissertation upon Death ( 1732 ). In this work, which was the subject of a public prosecution masterminded by Bishop Gibson of London, Radicati had argued that the form of the body dissolved at death into the constituent parts of nature, gradually re-forming into new entities. Radicati also developed something akin to a relativistic view of morality in this tract, which was rather removed...

Giannone, Pietro

Giannone, Pietro (1676–1748)   Reference library

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...all the Jesuits and the Holy Office. Triregno Despairing of a return to Naples with an official position or employment in Vienna, Giannone now concentrated his energy on a new work, a universal history of religious domains entitled the Triregno . It was, along with Alberto Radicati di Passerano's Discourses Concerning Religion and Government , the most important document of the Italian “Radical Enlightenment.” Giannone's aim was no longer to defend states from ecclesiastical abuses; his freethinking informed by a more radical English and Dutch Enlightenment,...

Islam

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...to this religion remained profoundly ambiguous, often dictated by the use that could be made of it as a weapon in purely European religious controversies. [See also Argens, Jean-Baptiste d '; Bayle, Pierre ; Encyclopédie ; Gibbon, Edward ; Ottoman Empire ; Radicati di Passerano, Alberto ; Revealed Religion ; Toland, John ; Toleration ; and Voltaire .] Champion, Justin . The Pillars of Priestcraft Shaken: The Church of England and Its Enemies, 1660–1730 . Cambridge, 1992. Includes a chapter on debates about Islam. Gunny, Ahmad . Images of Islam...

afterlife

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...immortality of the soul altogether. Having rejected the natural immortality of the soul, the immaterial nature of the soul, and also any role for revelation, they naturally asserted that the soul ceases to function with the death of the body. The Italian-born deist Alberto Radicati Di Passerano appeared to have been the first to hold this view and he argued that mind is produced by the workings of the brain and dies with it (though some have suspected that Layton, Collins and Toland held similar views). The view was also held by the deist Henry St John and...

Pantheism

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...that the exiled Italian historian Pietro Giannone read his works, whose influence can be seen in his own deistic Triregno , written in the early 1730s and reflecting Spinozistic monism. Toland's thought clearly also had an influence on the Italian freethinker Alberto Radicati di Passerano , who sought refuge in England in 1730 . He published in London in 1732 A Philosophical Dissertation on Death , which caused such a great scandal that he was arrested, together with his translator Joseph Morgan and the publisher. The aim of the work is to argue...

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