Cesare Cuttica





I hold the position of ‘Maître de conférences en Civilisation Britannique’ in the Département d’études des pays anglophones at the Université Paris 8. I am currently (2016-2017) ‘Research Fellow’ at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt (Germany).

My main research interests lie in the history of ideas in the early modern period in Europe. The study of patriarchalism, absolute power, resistance theory, republican and patriotic ideals across a varied spectrum of sources has been the keynote of my work so far. I am now engaged in two new projects. The former explores anti-democratic ideas in English political, philosophical and public parlance between 1558 and 1642. The second line of research concerns the philosophical status and methodology of intellectual history pursued by, amongst others, practitioners such as John W. Burrow (1935-2009) and Stefan Collini (1947-) in the scholarly context and political environment of the last few decades in the UK and in Europe.



(for the complete list of publications see: http://www.depa.univ-paris8.fr/spip.php?article1319)


·    Patriarchal Moments: Reading Patriarchal Texts, co-edited with Gaby Mahlberg (London: Bloomsbury, 2016).

·    Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and the Patriotic Monarch: Patriarchalism in Seventeenth-Century Political Thought (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012). In Paperback August 2015.

·    Absolutism and Monarchism in Early Modern Europe, co-edited with Glenn Burgess (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012).



·    ‘Absolutism, History of’, in James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, vol. 1 (Oxford: Elsevier, 2015), pp. 6-11.

·    ‘Intellectual History’, in James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, vol. 12 (Oxford: Elsevier, 2015), pp. 255-261.

·    ‘Isms and History’, in James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, vol. 12 (Oxford: Elsevier, 2015), pp. 759-764.

·    ‘Eavesdropper on the Past: John W. Burrow (1935-2009), Intellectual History and its Future’, History of European Ideas, Special Issue: Thinking about Intellectual History, 40:7 (2014), pp. 905-924.

·    ‘Anti-Methodology Par Excellence: Richard Cobb (1917-1996) and History Writing’, European Review of History, 21:1 (2014), pp. 91-110.

·    ‘The English Regicide and Patriarchalism: Representing Commonwealth Ideology and Practice in the Early 1650s’, Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme, 36:2 (2013), pp. 127-160.

·    ‘To Use or Not to Use… The Intellectual Historian and the Isms: A Survey and a Proposal’, Etudes Epistémè, 13 (2013), Varia, http://episteme.revues.org/268

·    ‘A Thing or Two about Absolutism and its Historiography’, History of European Ideas, 39:2 (2013), pp. 287-300.

·    ‘What Type of Historian? Conceptual History and the History of Concepts: a Complex Legacy and a Recent Contribution’, History and Theory, 51:3 (2012), pp. 411-422.

·    ‘Reputation Versus Context in the Interpretation of Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha’, History of Political Thought, 33:2 (2012), pp. 231-257.

·    ‘Concepts in Life: Reflections on Writing History’, Books and Ideas, January 2012. ISSN: 2114-074X. URL: http://www.booksandideas.net/Concepts-in-Life-Reflections-on.html

·    ‘Anti-Jesuit Patriotic Absolutism: Robert Filmer and French Ideas (ca.1580-1630)’, Renaissance Studies, 25:4 (2011), pp. 559-579.
·    ‘Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and the Condescension of Posterity: Historiographical Interpretations’, Intellectual History Review, 21:2 (2011), pp. 195-208.
·    ‘A Complex Journey through the British Isles’, History of European Ideas, 35:4 (2009), pp. 495-502.

·    ‘Thomas Scott of Canterbury (1566-1635): Patriot, Civic Radical, Puritan’, History of European Ideas, 34:4 (2008), pp. 475-489.

·    ‘Kentish Cousins at Odds: Filmer’s Patriarcha and Thomas Scott’s Defence of Freeborn Englishmen’, History of Political Thought, 28:4 (2007), pp. 599-616.
·    ‘Sir Francis Kynaston: The Importance of the “Nation” for a Seventeenth-Century English Royalist’, History of European Ideas, 32:2 (2006), pp. 139-161.


·    ‘“No Trust, No Happiness”! Going Beyond Locke in Seventeenth-Century England’, in L. Kontler and M. Somos (eds), Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought (Leiden: Brill, 2017) [forthcoming]

·    ‘Tyrannicide and Political Authority in the Long Sixteenth Century’, in B. Hill and H. Lagerlund (eds), Routledge Companion to 16th Century Philosophy (New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 265-292.

·    ‘Intellectual History in the Modern University’, in R. Whatmore and B. Young (eds), A Companion to Intellectual History (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), pp. 36-47.

·    ‘Anti-republican cries under Cromwell: the vehement attacks of Robert Filmer against republican practice and republican theory in the early 1650s’, in D. Wiemann and G. Mahlberg (eds), Perspectives on English Revolutionary Republicanism (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), ch. 2, pp. 35-51.

·    ‘Introduction’, in C. Cuttica and G. Burgess (eds), Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012), pp. 1-17.

·     ‘An Absolutist Trio in the Early 1630s: Sir Robert Filmer, Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, Cardin Le Bret and their models of monarchical power’, in C. Cuttica and G. Burgess (eds), Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012), pp. 131-145.



·    Crisis and Fear: Visions of Democracy in Early Modern England, ‘Political Thought in Times of Crisis, 1640-1660’, Symposium Sponsored by the Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought, Washington DC, 1-3 December 2016.

·    Popularity in Seventeenth-Century England: Making Sense of It, ‘Workshop on Early-Modern Political Thought’, University of Helsinki, 1-2 September 2016.

·    Popularity in Seventeenth-Century England: Looking Again at Thing and Concept, ‘62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA)’, Boston, 31 March-1 April 2016.

·    The Intellectual Historian as Critic: Reflections on the Work of Stefan Collini, ‘The Political Theory Research Unit Seminar Series’, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, Cardiff, 22 October 2015.

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