Olsthoorn, Johan


Assistant Professor in Political Theory

University of Amsterdam – Dept. of Political Science
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1001 NB  Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Research interests
Natural law theories; early modern moral, legal, and political philosophy; theories of justice, rights, and property; slavery and antislavery ideas

Selected bibliography concerning Natural law

  • Book chapters

‘Locke on Natural Law and Natural Rights’, in The Oxford Handbook to Locke ed. Patrick Connolly (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Infinite Right’: Proportionality and Liability in Early Modern Ethics of War and Self-Defence.’, in Pufendorf’s International Political and Legal Thought, ed. Peter Schröder (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2024), p. 119-136.

‘Grotius and Pufendorf’, in The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics, ed. Tom Angier (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019) p. 51-70.

‘Grotius and the Early Modern Tradition', in The Cambridge Handbook of the Just War, ed. Larry May (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), p. 33-56.

‘Forfeiting citizenship: Hobbes on traitors, rebels, and enemies’, in Athenian Legacies: European Debates on Citizenship, ed. Paschalis M. Kitromilides (Firenze: Olschki, 2014), p. 237-52.

  • Articles

‘On the Absence of Moral Goodness in Hobbes’s Ethics’, in The Journal of Ethics 24 (2020) no. 2, p. 241-266

‘Francisco Suárez and Hugo Grotius on Distributive Justice and Imperfect Rights’, in History of Political Thought 41 (2020) no. 1, p. 96-119

‘Grotius on Natural Law and Supererogation’, in Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (2019) no. 3, p. 443-469

‘Spinoza on human and divine justice’, in History of Philosophy Quarterly, 33 (2016) no. 1, p. 21-41.

‘Hobbes on justice, property rights, and self-ownership’, in History of Political Thought, 36 (2015) No. 3: p. 471-98.

‘Why justice and injustice have no place outside the Hobbesian state’, in European Journal of Political Theory, 14 (2015) No. 1, p. 19-36.

‘Worse than death: The non-preservationist foundations of Hobbes’s moral philosophy’, Hobbes Studies, 27 (2014) no. 2, pp. 148-70.

‘Hobbes’s account of distributive justice as equity’, in British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 21 (2013) no. 1, p. 13-33.