Alberto Radicati, Count of Passerano (Torino, 11 November 1698 – 24 October 1737, The Hague), was an 18th-century historian, philosopher and free-thinker. He was the reputed author of the 1732 work A Philosophical Dissertation upon Death, Composed for the Consolation of the Unhappy by a Friend of Truth, published in London. This work created a scandal and led to the arrest of Radicati and his translator. The Dissertation upon Death is referenced by George Berkeley in his 1733 Theory of Vision Vindicated, section 5. There Radicati's work is used as an example of a free-thinker explicitly adopting the radical views attributed to the free-thinkers by Berkeley in his 1732 dialogue Alciphron, and so to defend Berkeley against the charge of attacking a strawman.
- Sylvia Berti, 'Unmasking the Truth: the theme of imposture in early modern European culture, 1660-1730', in James E. Force, David S. Katz (eds.) Everything connects: in conference with Richard H. Popkin: essays in his honor, 1999, p.34; Giovanni Tarantino, “Alternative Hierarchies: Manhood and Unbelief in Early Modern Europe, 1660-1750”, in Governing Masculinities: Regulating Selves and Others in the Early Modern Period, ed. by Susan Broomhall and Jacqueline Van Gent, Ashgate, 2011, pp. 209-225.
- A Philosophical Dissertation upon Death at Google Books
- Works by or about Radicati, Alberto conte di Passerano 1698-1737 in libraries (WorldCat catalog)