Philosopher and freethinker Alberto [|Adalberto] Radicati di Passerano was born in 1698 either at Passerano or Casalborgone into a Piedmontese noble family. Among his most important works was the Discours moraux, historiques et politiques, comprising twelve essays or discourses, which was first drafted in 1729, when a version was submitted to King Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia, then in dispute with Rome.
In his work, Radicate advocated the supramecy of the individual over traditional sovereign power. For some pamphlets written against the Papal power he was pursued by the Inquisition, his goods seized, and forced into exile. He lived ‘underground’ in London between 1726 and 1734, before settling in the Dutch Republic where he died in 1737 at The Hague.
In London he made the acquaintance of Anthony Collins. In 1736, he published in Rotterdam his Recueil de pièces curieuses sur les matières les plus íntéressantes, which contains a Parallel between Mahomet and Sosem (an anagram of Moses); a Faithful and comic recital of the religion of modern cannibals (by Zelin Moslem); and also a Dissertation upon Death. In the latter document, which had been published separately in 1733 by William Mears in London (creating a scandal), he defended suicide as an act of individual freedom against religious attempts to control citizen’s self-determination. The Recueil was republished at London in 1749.