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

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
  • j.c.a.olsthoorn@uva.nl

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 specialism is in early modern moral and political philosophy and in contemporary theories of justice, rights, and property.


  • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (in press). Grotius on natural law and supererogation. Journal of the History of Philosophy.
  • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (in press). Self-ownership and Despotism: Locke on property in the person, divine dominium of human life, and rights-forfeiture. Social Philosophy and Policy, 36(2).


  • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (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. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198803409.001.0001 
  • 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. DOI: 10.1017/9781316591307.004  [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). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 


  • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2017). Conceptual analysis. In A. Blau (Ed.), Methods in Analytical Political Theory (pp. 153). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/9781316162576.010 


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


  • 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. DOI: 10.1177/1474885113514709 


  • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2014). Worse than death: the non-preservationist foundations of Hobbes’s moral philosophy. Hobbes Studies, 27(2), 148. DOI: 10.1163/18750257-02702008 


  • Olsthoorn, J. (2013). Hobbes’s account of distributive justice as equity. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 21(1), 13-33. DOI: 10.1080/09608788.2012.689749 


  • 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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