Dr Ruggero Sciuto is a former Senior Scholar and currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Hertford College, in association with the Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford. He has published in premier journals, including the Revue d’Histoire Littérairede la France and Archivio Storico Italiano, and he is a collaborator on both the Oxford edition of the Complete Works of Voltaire and the Edizione Nazionale del Carteggio di Lodovico Antonio Muratori. At Hertford, he is preparing for publication his doctoral thesis on the theory of determinism jointly advanced by Diderot and d’Holbach whilst working on a born-digital edition of d’Holbach’s Lettres à Eugénie.
His present research revolves around two main focuses: eighteenth-century French literature and philosophy, particularly the works of Denis Diderot, Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach, Emilie Du Châtelet, and Voltaire; and diplomatic relations between European powers in the early modern period.
Sciuto, Diderot and d’Holbach: A Theory of Determinism (book proposal submitted to Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment).
Sciuto and F. Kühnel (eds.), Gender and Everyday Diplomacy in the Early Modern Period (issue proposal submitted to the International History Review);
Sciuto (ed.), Volume 17 dell’Edizione Nazionale del Carteggio di Lodovico Antonio Muratori (Carteggi con Fabiani…Filicaja), Firenze: Olschki (in progress).
Articles and book chapters
Sciuto, ‘The correspondence(s) of Count and Countess Lorenzi and the limits of an ambassadress’ autonomy’, in R. Sciuto and F. Kühnel (eds.), Gender and Everyday Diplomacy in the Early Modern Period (abstract submitted to the International History Review);
Sciuto, ‘Reti diplomatiche al servizio del progresso scientifico: Luigi Lorenzi e l’inoculazione antivaiolosa nella Toscana granducale’ (scheduled to be published in Chroniques italiennes in 2019);
Sciuto, ‘Emilie Du Châtelet and the Three Leibnizian Versions of the Principle of Sufficient Reason’, in R. Hagengruber (ed.), Époque Émilienne. Philosophy and Science 1700-1750, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer (forthcoming in 2019);