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Prof. E.S. (Eric) Schliesser

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

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number:B10.06
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
  • Research Information

    Dr E.S. Schliesser (1971) is professor of Political Science, with a focus on Political Theory, at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

    Eric Schliesser's (PhD, The University of Chicago, 2002) research encompasses a variety of themes, ranging from economic statistics in classical Babylon, the history of the natural sciences and forgotten 18th-century feminists (both male and female) to political theory and the history of political theory and the assumptions used in mathematical economics. Schliesser's interest in the influence of Chicago school of economics has increasingly moved his research toward the study of the methodology and political role of economists as experts. 

    He was previously affiliated with Syracuse University, Leiden University, and Ghent University among others. Schliesser  has published prolifically on Newton, Huygens, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Adam Smith and Sophie De Grouchy. His publications include his monograph, Adam Smith: Systematic philosopher and Public Thinker (OUP, 2017). He has edited numerous volumes including (inter alia)  Newton and empiricism. (OUP, with Zvi Biener, 2014); Sympathy, a History of a Concept (OUP, 2015); Ten Neglected Classics of philosophy (Oxford, 2017). Right now he is working on a translation and critical edition of Sophie de Grouchy's Letters on Sympathy (together with Sandrine Berges). He keeps a daily blog Digressionsnimpressions.

  • Publications


    • Schliesser, E. S. (2021). Adam Smith on Political Leadership. In The Scottish Enlightenment: Human Nature, Social Theory, and Moral Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Christopher J. Berry (pp. 132). Edinburgh UP.
    • Schliesser, E. S. (2021). Spinoza and Economics. In Y. Melamed (Ed.), A Companion to Spinoza (pp. 410-421). (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy). John Wiley & Sons.


    • Schliesser, E. (2020). Does Berkeley's Immaterialism Support Toland's Spinozism? The Posidonian Argument and the Eleventh Objection. In Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley (pp. 33-71). (Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement; Vol. 88). Cambridge University Press.
    • Schliesser, E. S., & Demeter, T. (2020). Hume’s Newtonianism and Anti-Newtonianism. In E. Zalta (Ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy The Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University.





    • Schliesser, E. (2016). The Theory of Moral Sentiments. In R. P. Hanley (Ed.), Adam Smith: His Life, Thought, and Legacy (pp. 33-47). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [details]


    • Lefevre, M., & Schliesser, E. (2015). Private Epistemic Virtue, Public Vices: Moral Responsibility in the Policy Sciences. In C. Martini, & M. Boumans (Eds.), Experts and Consensus in Social Science (pp. 275-295). (Ethical Economy; No. 50). Cham: Springer. [details]
    • Schliesser, E. (2015). On Joseph Cropsey's 'What is welfare economics?'. Ethics, 125(3), 847-850. [details]
    • Schliesser, E. (2015). The Separation of Economics from Virtue: A Historical-Conceptual Introduction. In J. A. Baker, & M. D. White (Eds.), Economics and the Virtues: building a new moral foundation (pp. 141-164). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]


    • Schliesser, E. (2009). Prophecy, eclipses and whole-sale markets: a case study on why data driven economic history requires history of economics, a philosopher's reflection. Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte, 50(1), 195-206. [details]


    • Schliesser, E. (2018). A Genealogy of modernity and Dennett’s strange inversion of reasoning. Teorema: Revista internacional de filosofía, 37(3), 171-179. [details]
    • Schliesser, E. (2018). Nothing Much for Philosophers. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 48(1), 40-46. [details]



    • Schliesser, E. (Ed.) (2015). Sympathy: A History. (Oxford Philosophical Concepts). New York: Oxford University Press. [details]



    • Burgoon, B., de Goede, M., Glasius, M., & Schliesser, E. (2017). Too Big to Innovate? The Sense and Nonsense of Big Programmatic Research. In B. de Graaf, A. Rinnooy Kan, & H. Molenaar (Eds.), The Dutch National Research Agenda in Perspective: A Reflection on Research and Science Policy in Practice (pp. 121-135). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]


    • Schliesser, E. (2015). [Review of: S. Shaviro (2014) The universe of things: on speculative realism]. Times Literary Supplement, 29.
    • Schliesser, E. S. (2015). [Review of: O. Boehm (2014) Kant's critique of Spinoza]. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 36(2), 463-483. [details]


    • Schliesser, E. S. (2015). Maandelijkse columnist Filosofie Magazine, Filosofie Magazine.

    Media appearance

    • Schliesser, E. (03-01-2020). Interview in Trouw [Print] Trouw. Interview: Eric Schliesser.
    • Schliesser, E. (03-01-2020). Filosoof: In de stikstofdiscussie wordt één belangrijke veroorzaker vergeten, de banken [Print] Trouw. Filosoof: In de stikstofdiscussie wordt één belangrijke veroorzaker vergeten, de banken.
    • Burgoon, B., Jaffe, R., de Lange, S. & Schliesser, E. (29-11-2019). Leuk, dat onderzoek, tot de dreigtweets en de haatmails komen [Web] Leuk, dat onderzoek, tot de dreigtweets en de haatmails komen.


    • Schliesser, E. S. (participant) & van der Schaar, M. (participant) (5-10-2015). co-organizer: "Women in the History of Analytical Philosophy" conference (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Schliesser, E. S. (other) (2014 - 2015). Monthly Columnist, Filosofie Magazine (other).
    • Schliesser, E. S. (other) (2013 - 2016). Elected Vice-President, co-chair, European Early Modern Society (other).


    • Klarenbeek, L. (2021). Relational integration: From integrating migrants to integrating relations. [details]
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Springer Publishers
      Editorial Board Member, Birkhäuser “Frontiers in History of Science” Springer
    • Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Econo
      Member, Advisory Board,
    • The Adam Smith Project
      Advisory Council Member,
    • Chapman University
      Visiting Scholar