Dr Ruggero Sciuto

Junior Research Fellow

Ruggero is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Prior to joining St Edmund Hall he was a Junior Research Fellow at the Voltaire Foundation in association with Hertford College and Wolfson College.

Eighteenth-century French literature, culture, and intellectual history

My primary research focus is on eighteenth-century French literature, culture, and intellectual history. I am currently finalising a monograph on the theory of determinism jointly advanced by Denis Diderot and Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach (manuscript invited by Liverpool University Press), while beginning to work on a second book to understand how d’Holbach’s authorial strategies affected the reception of his ideas in his lifetime and at the time of the French Revolution. I am a collaborator on both the Oxford edition of the Complete Works of Voltaire and the Edizione Nazionale del Carteggio di Lodovico Antonio Muratori, andI am currently directing the Oxford critical edition of d’Holbach’s complete works (Digital d’Holbach). As part of Digital d’Holbach, which falls under the umbrella of a larger project (Digital Enlightenment) directed by Prof Nicholas Cronk and based at the Voltaire Foundation, I am currently working on editions of two key Enlightenment texts: the Lettres à Eugénie and Le Bon Sens.

I have a strong secondary interest in diplomatic history. My work on Franco-Italian diplomatic relations has appeared in premier journals, including the Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France and Archivio Storico Italiano, and my edition of the Représentation aux Etats de l’Empire, an unknown diplomatic manuscript by Voltaire, was published in 2020 in the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire. Since 2017, I have also been directing with Dr Tracey Sowerby the TORCH Network on Diplomacy in the Early Modern Period, a platform for the study of early modern diplomacy that brings together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds.


R. Sciuto, Diderot and d’Holbach: A Theory of Determinism (full manuscript invited by Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, published by Liverpool University Press).

Volumes edited

R. Sciuto and F. Kühnel (eds.), Gender and Everyday Diplomacy in the Early Modern Period, special issue of the International History Review (proposal accepted by the journal);

R. 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

R. Sciuto, ‘Emilie Du Châtelet and the Three Leibnizian Versions of the Principle of Sufficient Reason’ (in progress);

R. Sciuto, ‘More of the Same: D’Holbach and the Temptation of Self-Quotation’ (in progress);

R. Sciuto, ‘The Absent Guest: D’Holbach’s Strategic Use of Voltaire’s Texts’, in L. Nicolì (ed.), ‘D’Holbach: The Great Protector of Wits (1789-2019)’, Leiden: Brill, 2022 (forthcoming in 2022);

R. Sciuto, ‘Cui prodest? Per un riesame del concetto di diplomazia culturale’, in V. Martin and G. Montègre (eds), Négocier l’étranger. Une diplomatie de l’Europe moderne, Rome: Ecole Française de Rome (forthcoming in 2022);

R. Sciuto, ‘Les enjeux de l’histoire littéraire, ou comment La Pucelle devint un poème épique et Voltaire finit par prêcher le mélange des genres’, in Revue Voltaire, 21 (forthcoming in 2021);

R. Sciuto, ‘The Correspondence(s) of Count and Countess Lorenzi: What Was the Extent of an Early Modern Ambassadress’ Autonomy?‘, International History Review, 2021;

R. Sciuto, ‘A ‘Reversible Figure Annotation System’ for the Born-Digital Critical Edition of d’Holbach’s Complete Works’, in Julia Nantke and Frederik Schlupkothen (eds), Annotation in Scholarly Editions and Research: Function, Differentiation, Systematization, Berlin: De Gruyter, p.371-387;

R. Sciuto, ‘Démarches secrètes de l’abbé Trublet pour devenir Immortel’, in La Lettre clandestine, 28 (2020), p.241-253;

R. Sciuto, ‘Reti diplomatiche al servizio del progresso scientifico: Luigi Lorenzi e l’inoculazione antivaiolosa nella Toscana granducale’, in Chroniques italiennes, 37 (2019), p.283-301;

R. Sciuto, ‘Voltaire et Johann Baptist Anton von Pergen : cinq lettres inédites’, Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France, 118 (2018), p.165-176;

R. Sciuto, ‘The duc de Richelieu, Voltaire, and Mme du Barry: an Unpublished Letter from the Cabinet noir (D18516a)’, Revue Voltaire, 17 (2017), p.309-314;

R. Sciuto, ‘The Correspondence of André Morellet: Seven Unpublished Letters to Luigi Lorenzi (1758-1765)’, Archivio Storico Italiano, 174 (2016), p.499-522;

R. Sciuto, ‘L’imbarazzo del Naturalista e del Metafisico: Voltaire e le implicazioni filosofiche di un esperimento condotto da Lazzaro Spallanzani sulla rigenerazione della testa delle lumache terrestri’, in Nel nome di Lazzaro. Saggi di storia della scienza e delle istituzioni scientifiche tra il XVII e il XVIII secolo, Bologna: Pendragon, 2014, p.245-258.

Texts edited (either digitally or in print)

Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach, Lettres à Eugénie, ou Préservatif contre les préjugés, ed. by R. Sciuto (in progress);

Correspondence of Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach, ed. by R. Sciuto (in progress);

Voltaire, De Newton, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 6B, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation (scheduled to be published in 2020);

Voltaire, Histoire de l’infini, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 6B, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation (scheduled to be published in 2020);

Voltaire, Continuation du même sujet; Que les philosophes ne peuvent jamais nuire, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 6B, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation (scheduled to be published in 2020);

Voltaire, Représentation aux Etats de l’Empire, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 29B, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2020, p.427-478;

Voltaire, Dialogue entre un brahmane et un jésuite sur la nécessité et l’enchaînement des choses, ed. by R. Sciuto, February 2019: http://editions.mml.ox.ac.uk/editions/dbj/;

Voltaire, Réponse à Monsieur le Duc de Bouillon, ed. by R. Sciuto and C. Paillard, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 78B (Commentaire Historique sur les Œuvres de l’Auteur de La Henriade), Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2018, p.181-186;

C. M. de La Condamine, Les Quand adressés au Sr Palissot, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 51A (Writings of 1760), Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2015, p.407-422.


R. Sciuto (in collaboration with Clovis Gladstone, University of Chicago), Tout d’Holbach (a database that brings together fully searchable transcriptions of the vast majority of Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach’s works): https://artfl-project.uchicago.edu/tout-d-holbach;

R. Sciuto, Metadata of the correspondence of Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach, Early Modern Letters Online, June 2019: http://emlo-portal.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/collections/?catalogue=paul-henri-thiry-dholbach;

Contributed several entries to the EpistEur Database (Università di Padova).

Book reviews

R. Sciuto, Review of Charles T. Wolfe, Lire le matérialisme, Lyon: ENS éditions, 2020, French Studies, 2021;

R. Sciuto, Review of Sébastien Charles and Stéphane Pujol (eds.), Voltaire philosophe: regards croisés, Ferney-Voltaire: Centre International d’Etude du XVIIIe Siècle, 2017 (scheduled to be published in the Revue Voltaire in 2021);

R. Sciuto, Review of Jeroom Vercruysse, Bibliographie descriptive des imprimés du baron d’Holbach, Paris: Garnier, 2017, French Studies, 73, 1 (2019), p.118-119;

R. Sciuto, Review of Antonio Gurrado, La religione dominante: Voltaire e le implicazioni politiche della teocrazia ebraica, Catanzaro: Rubbettino, 2018, Revue Voltaire, 19 (2019), p.222-224;

R. Sciuto, Review of Fougeret de Monbron, Margot la ravaudeuse, edited and translated by E. Langille, Cambridge: The Modern Humanities Research Association, 2015, French Studies, 70, 4 (2016), p.599-600.

Other publications

contributed four unpublished letters to the Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Ruggiero Giuseppe Boscovich, Milan: 2008-;

contributed one unpublished letter to the Edizione Nazionale del Carteggio di Lodovico Antonio Muratori;

translated the articles ‘Gibel’, ‘Palerme’, and ‘Suffisante Raison. Principe de la Raison Suffisante’, for The Encyclopedia of Diderot and d’Alembert Collaborative Translation Project (University of Michigan);

contributed an article to the Oxford Polyglot (‘At the roots of our modern world: Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach’);

contributed six blog entries (‘Voltaire and the La Barre Affair’, ‘The Représentation aux Etats de l’Empire: a New Addition to the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire’, ‘A born-digital edition of Voltaire’s Dialogue entre un brahmane et un jésuite’, ‘Digital d’Holbach’, ‘Introducing Tout d’Holbach’, and ‘Lettres philosophiques 4D – coming soon to libraries near you!’) to the Voltaire Foundation Blog.

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French Language and Literature

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Modern Languages (and Joint Schools)

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