prof. E.S. (Eric) Schliesser

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  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. (2018). Author meets Critics. The Journal of Scottish Philosophy, 16(3), 272-282. DOI: 10.3366/jsp.2018.0212  [details] 
  • Schliesser, E. S. (2018). Hume on Affective Leadership. In P. A. Reed, & R. Vitz (Eds.), Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology (pp. 311-333). (Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy). Routledge.
  • Schliesser, E. S. (2018). "Jon Elster, Sour Grapes.". In J. T. Levy (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory Oxford: Oxford Universtiy Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198717133.013.51 
  • Schliesser, E. (2018). On Philosophical Translator-Advocates and Linguistic Injustice. Philosophical Papers, 47(1), 93-121. DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2018.1429740  [details] 
  • Pack, S. J., & Schliesser, E. (2018). Adam Smith, natural movement and physics. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 42(2), 505–521. DOI: 10.1093/cje/bex008  [details] 
  • Schliesser, E. (2018). Four Methods of Empirical Inquiry in the Aftermath of Newton’s Challenge. In S. Bodenmann, & A-L. Rey (Eds.), What Does it Mean to be an Empiricist? : Empiricisms in Eighteenth Century Sciences (pp. 15-30). (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science ; Vol. 331). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-69860-1_2  [details] 


  • Biener, Z., & Schliesser, E. S. (2017). The Certainty, Modality, and Grounding of Newton’s Laws. The Monist, 100(3), 311-325. DOI: 10.1093/monist/onx012 
  • De Langhe, R., & Schliesser, E. (2017). Evaluating Philosophy as Exploratory Research. Metaphilosophy, 48(3), 227-244. DOI: 10.1111/meta.12244  [details] 
  • van der Schaar, M., & Schliesser, E. (2017). Women in Early Analytic Philosophy: Volume Introduction. Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, 5(2). DOI: 10.15173/jhap.v5i2.3142  [details] 
  • 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), 7-23. DOI: 10.5117/ANTW2017.1.SCHL 
  • Schliesser, E. (2017). Adam Smith: Systematic Philosopher and Public Thinker. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190690120.001.0001  [details] 


  • 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. (2018). Nothing Much for Philosophers. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 48(1), 40-46. DOI: 10.1177/0048393117740826  [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., & Smeenk, C. (2017). The Oxford Handbook of Newton. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199930418.001.0001 
  • 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.
  • Schliesser, E. S. (2017). “Invited Response to ‘Philosophical Exclusion and Conversational Practices,’” by Amy Olberding. Philosophy East and West. A Quarterly of Comparative Philosophy., 67(4), 1044. DOI: 10.1353/pew.2017.0090 
  • Schliesser, E. (2017). Ten Neglected Classics of philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details] 


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


  • 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.


  • 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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