prof. E.S. (Eric) Schliesser

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Room number: B10.06
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15578
    1001 NB  Amsterdam
    T: 0205252169

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.


  • Schliesser, E. S. (in press). Sophie de Grouchy, Marquise de Condorcet: Wisdom and Reform between Reason and Feeling. In E. O'Neil, & M. P. Lascano (Eds.), Feminist history of philosophy: the recovery and evaluation of women's philosophical thought Dordrecht: Springer.


  • Schliesser, E. S., & Pack, S. (2017). Adam Smith, natural movement and physics. Cambridge Journal of Economics, Cambridge Journal of Economics. DOI: 
  • Schliesser, E. S., & van der Schaar, M. (2017). Women in Early Analytic Philosophy:: Volume Introduction. Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, 5(2).
  • Schliesser, E. S. (2017). Adam Smith: Systematic Philosopher and Public Thinker. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Schliesser, E. S. (2017). Sophie de Grouchy, de traditie (s) van de twee vrijheden en de missende moeder (s) van het liberalisme. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 109(1), 7.
  • Schliesser, E. S., & Biener, Z. (2017). "The Certainty, Modality, and Grounding of Newton’s Laws.". The Monist, 100(3), 311-325..
  • Schliesser, E. S., & De Langhe, R. (2017). "Evaluating Philosophy as Exploratory Research.". Metaphilosophy, 48(3), 227-244..


  • 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] 


  • Schliesser, E. (2015). On Joseph Cropsey's 'What is welfare economics?'. Ethics, 125(3), 847-850. DOI: 10.1086/679548  [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] 
  • 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. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-08551-7_14  [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. S. (2017). Schliesser, Eric. Review of Politics and Literature at the Turn of the Millennium, by Michael Keren. The Public Sphere, 12, 155-158.


  • Burgoon, B. M., de Goede, M., Glasius, M. E., & Schliesser, E. S. (2017). Too Big to Innovate: The Sense and Nonsense of Big Programmatic Research. In B. de Graaf, A. Rinooy Kan, & H. Moolenaar (Eds.), The Dutch National Research Agenda in Perspective: A Reflection on Research and Science Policy in Practice. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.


  • Schliesser, E. S. (2015). [Review of: O. Boehm (2014) Kant's critique of Spinoza]. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 36(2), 463-483. DOI: 10.5840/gfpj201536227  [details] 
  • Schliesser, E. (2015). [Review of: S. Shaviro (2014) The universe of things: on speculative realism]. Times Literary Supplement, 29.

Scientific position

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

Book editor

  • Schliesser, E. (2017). Ten Neglected Classics of philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details] 
  • Schliesser, E., & Smeenk, C. (in press). The Oxford Handbook of Newton. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199930418.001.0001 
  • Schliesser, E. (2015). Sympathy: A History. (Oxford Philosophical Concepts). New York: Oxford University Press. [details] 


  • 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).
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