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Dr. J.C.A. (Johan) Olsthoorn

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

  • About

    I'm an assistant professor in political theory (UD1) at the University of Amsterdam, Dept. of Political Science, and a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation (FWO)-Flanders at KU Leuven, Institute of Philosophy (2015-2021). Prior to this, I was a fellow in political theory at LSE, Department of Government (2014-15). My PhD is in philosophy, from the KU Leuven (2014). My research specialisms are in early modern moral and political philosophy, contemporary theories of rights and property, and international legal and political philosophy (the ethics of war, human rights, global justice, and the ethics of migration).

  • Publications


    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2021). Hobbes on international ethics. In M. P. Adams (Ed.), A Companion to Hobbes (pp. 252-267). (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy). Wiley-Blackwell.
    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2021). Leviathan Inc.: Hobbes on the nature and person of the state. History of European Ideas, 47(1), 17-32.
    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2021). The right to wage private wars of subsistence: its nature, grounds, and place in revisionist just war theories. In E. Herlin-Karnell , & E. Rossi (Eds.), The Public Uses of Coercion and Force: From Constitutionalism to War (pp. 133-150). Oxford University Press.




    • Olsthoorn, J. (2018). Grotius and the Early Modern Tradition. In L. May (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of the Just War (pp. 33-56). (Cambridge Handbooks in Philosophy). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details]
    • Olsthoorn, J. (2018). The Theocratic Leviathan: Hobbes’s Arguments for the Identity of Church and State. In L. van Apeldoorn, & R. Douglass (Eds.), Hobbes on Politics and Religion (pp. 10-28). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]
    • Olsthoorn, J. (2018). Two Ways of Theorizing ‘Collective Ownership of the Earth’. In J. Penner, & M. Otsuka (Eds.), Property Theory: Legal and Political Perspectives (pp. 187-214). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details]



    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2016). Spinoza on human and divine justice. History of Philosophy Quarterly, 33(1), 21-41.


    • Olsthoorn, J. (2015). Hobbes on Justice, Property Rights and Self-Ownership. History of Political Thought, 36(3), 471-498.
    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2015). Why justice and injustice have no place outside the Hobbesian state. European Journal of Political Theory, 14(1), 19-36.





    • van Apeldoorn, L., Maas, H., & Olsthoorn, J. (2016). Science, politics, and the economy: The unintended consequences of a diabolic paradox (editorial). Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 9(1), iii-viii.


    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2014). Forfeiting citizenship: Hobbes on traitors, rebels, and enemies. In P. M. Kitromilides (Ed.), Athenian Legacies: European Debates on Citizenship (pp. 237-252). Firenze: Leo S. Olschki.
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