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Dr E.S. Schliesser (1971) has been appointed professor of Political Science, with a focus on Political Theory, at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
Prof Eric Schliesser, Political Theory
Photo: Dirk Gillissen

Eric Schliesser's (PhD, University of Chicago) 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. 

Schliesser is BOF research professor and associate professor of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at Ghent University. He was previously affiliated with Syracuse University and Leiden University, among others. Schliesser is the co-founder of the Ghent Complex Systems Institute, an interdisciplinary research group that studies critical events in complex social systems. He has published prolifically on Newton, Huygens, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Adam Smith and Sophie De Grouchy, and is currently writing a book on Adam Smith as a systematic philosopher as well as working on the proofs of Sympathy, a History of a Concept: from Plato to Experimental Economics (Oxford). He keeps a daily blog Digressionsnimpressions and is a member of the Dutch-language group blog Bijnaderinzien.