Dr Laura Nicolì

Laura Nicolì is Research Fellow at the “Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura” in partnership with the Voltaire Foundation.

In 2019-2020 she has been Postdoctoral Fellow at the Voltaire Foundation in association with the LabEx OBVIL at Sorbonne Université, after being Early Career Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen (2017-2019) and at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici in Naples (2016-2017). Her research focuses on eighteenth-century history of philosophy and history of ideas, especially French and Scottish philosophy of religion. She is completing a monograph on the debate on polytheism and pagan religions in Enlightenment France, while working on the born-digital critical edition of Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach’s La Contagion sacrée, ou Histoire naturelle de la superstition (1768).

Selected publications


Les philosophes et les dieux. Le polythéisme en débat dans la France des Lumières (1704-1770), Paris, Honoré Champion 2021 (forthcoming)

(ed.), The Great Protector of Wits. Baron d’Holbach and His Time, Leiden, Brill 2021 (forthcoming)


‘Pensées (point trop) secrètes de Nicolas Fréret sur la religion’, La Lettre clandestine, 28 | 2020

‘Lugubre et riant, doux et intolérant : le paganisme vu par les Lumières’, ThéoRèmes, 9 | 2016, http://theoremes.revues.org/863

‘Fonti sottovalutate e fonti ignorate della voce Polythéisme dellʼEncyclopédie’, Giornale critico della filosofia italiana, 2 | 2013, pp. 371-392

Book chapters

‘“How shocking to a rational pagan”: tolleranza e intolleranza dei pagani nel dibattito settecentesco’, in P. Delpiano, M. Formica, A.M. Rao (eds.), Il Settecento e la religione, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura 2018, pp. 143-155

‘Sovrani, simboli, allegorie: interpretazioni del politeismo nel Settecento’, in C. Altini, Ph. Hoffmann, J. Rüpke (eds.), Issues of Interpretation. Texts, Images, Rites, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner 2018, pp. 155-166

‘Uomini, dèi, santi. La natura umana della divinità nellʼevemerismo settecentesco’, in C. Borghero, C. Buccolini (eds.), La ragione e le sue vie, Firenze, Le Lettere 2015, pp. 303-331

‘Linguaggio, scrittura e idolatria in Warburton e Pluche’, in C. Marras, A.L. Schino (eds.), Linguaggio, filosofia, fisiologia nellʼetà moderna, “Monografie digitali”, Iliesi-CNR 2015, pp. 259-270. http://www.iliesi.cnr.it/pubblicazioni/Ricerche-01-Marras_Schino.pdf

‘Idolatria e politeismo da Bayle ai philosophes’, in D. Balzano, D. Bigalli(eds.), La ragione curiosa. Atti del convegno in memoria di Paolo Rossi, Roma, Aracne 2015, pp. 127-158


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