Olsthoorn, Johan


Assistant Professor in Political Theory

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

Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation (FWO)–Flanders (2015-2021)
KU Leuven - Institute of Philosophy
Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
BE-3000 Leuven



Research interests
Early modern moral and political philosophy; natural law theories; theories of justice, rights and property; history of ethics; Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

Selected bibliography concerning Natural law

  • Book chapters

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

‘Grotius and the Early Modern Tradition.’ In The Cambridge Handbook of the Just War, ed. Larry May. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 33-56.

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

  • Articles

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

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

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

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

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

‘Why justice and injustice have no place outside the Hobbesian state’, European Journal of Political Theory, 14 (2015) No. 1, pp. 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’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 21 (2013) No. 1, pp. 13-33.