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

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

  • About

    I am associate professor in political theory in the Dept. of Political Science at the Univ. of Amsterdam, and an affiliated researcher in the Justice and Migration project at KU Leuven. Between 2009-2014 and 2015-2021, I worked at KU Leuven, Institute of Philosophy - funded by PhD and postdoctoral fellowships of the Research Foundation (FWO)-Flanders. In between, I taught at the LSE, Dept. of Government. In 2014, KU Leuven awarded me a PhD in philosophy (summa cum laude); I also hold degrees in philosophy (BA, MA), history (BA, MA), and political science (BA) from Leiden University.

    A trained political theorist, analytic philosopher, and historian of political thought, my research specialisms are in early modern moral, legal, and political philosophy; contemporary theories of justice, rights, and property; and international legal and political theory (incl. the ethics of migration and war, and philosophy of human rights). I have lately been working on the place of slavery in early modern philosophy.

    Much of my research has a conceptual focus. My first monograph, entitled Hobbes on Justice, is under contract with OUP. Together with Robin Douglass (KCL), I have edited the Cambridge Critical Guide to Hobbes’s On the Citizen. A founding member of the European Hobbes Society, I have convened the society’s first two biennial conferences (in 2016 and 2018).

    I enjoy spending short spells abroad. Over the years, I have been a visiting student/researcher at the Universities of Yale, Oxford, Boston, Berkeley, Paris-1-Sorbonne/Panthéon, British Columbia, Pompeu Fabra, Stellenbosch, and London (Queen Mary and KCL). During the spring of '23 I held a NIAS Theme Group Fellowship.

  • Publications

    2023

    • Olsthoorn, J. (Accepted/In press). The problem of penal slavery in Quobna Ottobah Cugoano’s abolitionism. Philosophers' Imprint. https://doi.org/10.3998/phimp.4009
    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (Accepted/In press). Locke on natural law and natural rights. In P. Connolly (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook to Locke Oxford University Press.

    2022

    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2022). Between Starvation and Spoilage: Conceptual Foundations of Locke's Theory of Original Appropriation. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2021-0121
    • Olsthoorn, J., & van Apeldoorn, L. (2022). 'This Man is my Property’: Slavery and Political Absolutism in Locke and the Classical Social Contract Tradition. European Journal of Political Theory, 21(2), 253-275. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474885120911309 [details]

    2021

    2020

    2019

    2018

    2017

    2016

    2015

    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474885113514709

    2014

    2013

    2023

    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2023). Justice. In Cambridge Spinoza Lexicon Cambridge University Press.

    2019

    2018

    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2018). Jeremy Seth Geddert: Hugo Grotius and the Modern Theology of Freedom: Transcending Natural Rights. (New York: Routledge, 2017). The Review of Politics, 80(2), 372-375. https://doi.org/10.1017/S003467051700122X

    2016

    • van Apeldoorn, L., Maas, H., & Olsthoorn, J. (2016). Science, politics, and the economy: The unintended consequences of a diabolic paradox (editorial). Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 9(1), iii-viii. https://doi.org/10.23941/ejpe.v9i1.208

    2014

    • 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.

    2013

    • Olsthoorn, J. C. A. (2013). David Dyzenhaus and Thomas Poole (eds.), Hobbes and the Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Hobbes Studies, 26(2), 204-209. https://doi.org/10.1163/18750257-02602005
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