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

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

  • About

    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.

  • Publications


    • Olsthoorn, J. (2019). Grotius on natural law and supererogation. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 57(3), 443-469. [details]
    • Olsthoorn, J. (2019). Mondiale rechtvaardigheid afdwingen: Oorlog, noodzaak, en verzetsrechten van ’s werelds misdeelden. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 111(1), 45-62. [details]
    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (Accepted/In press). Francisco Suárez and Hugo Grotius on distributive justice and imperfect rights. History of Political Thought.
    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (Accepted/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. (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. [details]
    • Olsthoorn, J. (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. [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. 187-214). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details]
    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (Accepted/In press). Grotius and Pufendorf. In Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics (pp. 51-70). (Cambridge Companions). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.



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


    • Olsthoorn, J. (2015). Hobbes on Justice, Property Rights and Self-Ownership. History of Political Thought, 36(3), 471-498.
    • 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.




    • 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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