Book manuscript workshop Hobbes on Justice

Organized by: Challenges to Democratic Representation; OZSW Study Group
in Political Philosophy


University of Amsterdam
University Library, Potgieterzaal
Singel 425

All are welcome. Registration is free but required: please e-mail Eric Boot – E.R.Boot[a]


Tuesday 6 December 2022
12:00-12:30 Welcome, with coffee, tea, and pastries
12:30-13:20 Ch. 1: Vindicating the ‘Mortal God’
13:30-14:20 Ch. 2: Justice, rights, and injury
14:20-14:50 Coffee break
14:50-15:40 Ch. 4: Distributive justice and equity
15:40-16:30 Ch. 5: Justice and property
16:30-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-18:00 Ch. 6: Justice and civil law

Wednesday 7 December 2022
09:30-10:20 Ch. 7: The right to everything as a right of war
10:30-11:20 Ch. 8: Morality among states
11:20-11:40 Coffee break
11:40-12:30 Ch. 9: Rebels, traitors, enemies, and fools

 Arash Abizadeh (McGill)
 Robin Douglass (KCL)
 Daniel Eggers (Regensburg)
 Signy Gutnick Allen (Zürich)
 James Harris (St Andrews)
 Rebecca Ploof (Leiden)
 Meghan Robison (Montclair)
 Laurens van Apeldoorn (OU)

Colloquium: 380 years of De Cive

The colloquium, hosted by Instituto de investigaciones Gino Germani (Buenos Aires, Argentina), is scheduled for three days, from October 4 to October 6. Attendees may participate in person or online. The full event flyer and schedule are available below.

Workshop on vice, sin, and sociability in early modern moral and political philosophy

The workshop will take place 11-12 April 2022 at the University of Jyväskylä. There will also be an opportunity to follow the talks online. To attend the workshop, contact Niklas Hintsa at, specifying whether you intend to participate in person or online.

The workshop is organised by Academy of Finland project, Vicious, Antisocial and Sinful: The social and political dimension of moral vices from medieval to early modern philosophy(, and it is funded by the Kone Foundation.

Workshop program:

Monday, 11 April

9.45 Welcome and introduction
10.00 Henrik Lagerlund: Suarez on Sin and Punishment
11.00 Gianni Paganini: Original sin, natural man and sociability in Thomas Hobbes

12.00-13.15 Lunch break

13.15 Jil Muller: Marie de Gournay and Michel de Montaigne: a lie as a vice for public utility
14.15 Heikki Haara and Tim Stuart-Buttle: ‘The proper degree of dependence’: the desire for esteem in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy

15.15-15.45 Coffee break

15.45 Ana Alicia Carmona Aliaga: Passions and self-esteem as the foundation of society in Pierre Bayle’s thought
16.45-17.40 Michael Moriarty: Self-love and social interaction: Augustinian perspectives

Tuesday, 12 April

10.00 Matthias Roick: Bad Tempers and the Vices of Discontent. Ethics, Medicine and Early Modern Forms of Sociability
11.00 Michael Jaworzyn: Occasionalism, Self-love, and Sociability in Early Modern Leiden, Berlin, and Bremen

12.00-13.15 Lunch break

13.15 Cesare Cuttica: The Unexpected Vices of Democracy from Plato to Dewey via Early Modern England
14.15 Martina Reuter: Male Tyranny as Moral and Political Vice

15.15-15.45 Coffee break

15.45 Michael Gill: British Moralist Responses to Recalcitrant Vice
16.45-17.15 Closing remarks and discussion 

Impressions of the Third Biennial Conference of the European Hobbes Society

“…it is against his duty, to let the people be ignorant, or misinformed of the grounds, and reasons of those his essential rights; because thereby men are easy to be seduced, and drawn to resist him, when the commonwealth shall require their use and exercise.”

Hobbes, Leviathan, XXX.3

From 18-20 Nov 2021, 15 scholars from 10 different countries and for the first time 8 graduate students from the University of Zagreb gathered together in the old and beautiful Mediterranean city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, for the Third Biennial Conference of the European Hobbes Society. As always, it was a joy to see familiar faces as well as to introduce new ones. 

It should be noted that the whole organization was a challenge due to the ongoing Covid-19 related crises. First, the conference had to postponed for a year as the epidemiological situation did not allow majority people to travel. As the Covid-19 global pandemic is still preventing some people from travel, some speakers were unable to attend in the end. Despite all these challenges and missing faces we had thoughtful presentations and productive discussions. Precisely, we had twelve new interesting papers on Hobbes, covering various topics related to Hobbes’s thought from those related to interpretation of Sommerville’s work as it was the case with the opening talk of S.A. Lloyd, to George Wright’s project related to translating the Latin Leviathan, Hobbes’s arguments about religion discussed by Asaf Sokolowski, the relation between Hobbes and Enlightenment by Luc Foisneau, a reconstruction of Hobbes’s state of nature through the work of Thucydides by Luka Ribarević, interpretations of Hobbes’s view on injustice and injury by Johan Olsthoorn, criticism related to Hobbes’s political science by Adrian Blau, etc. 

The full program can be found here.  

We are very grateful to the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia for providing us as organizers with grants making this EHS conference possible, as well as the Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik for hosting us and offering the grants allowing our grad students to participate in the conference. Thanks also goes out to all participants, both for coming in Dubrovnik as well as for shaping this small epistemic community and inducing an inspiring and thoughtful conversation on various aspects of Hobbes’s work.

The Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik will be open for hosting similar events and workshops in the future. We continue to welcome initiatives for various events under the aegis of the EHS. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the Fourth Biennial Conference of the European Hobbes Society will be organized by Daniel Eggers, at the University of Regensburg, Germany, in August 2023. Until then, stay safe and enjoy Hobbes!

Programme of the Third Biennial EHS Conference (Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik 18-20th November 2021)


Wednesday 17th November 2021

19:00 Dinner – Inter-University Centre building Dubrovnik

Thursday 18th November 2021 

10:00-10:10 Opening talk by the organisers 

Session 1: 

10:10-11:10 S. A. Lloyd: Philosophical Support for Sommerville on Hobbes and Independency (University of Southern California)

11:20-12:20 Gianni Paganini: When Nothing Counts. The Annihilation Hypothesis in Hobbes’ Work (University of Piedmont and Research Center of the Accademia dei Lincei Rome)

12:20-13:30 Lunch, served in the Inter-University Centre building

13:30-15:00 City tour 

Session 2: 

15:30-16:30 George Wright: On Translating the Latin Leviathan (University of Wisconsin Madison)

16:40-17:40 Francesca Rebasti (coauthor Serge Heiden, IHRIM, ENS de Lyon): “Thomas       Hobbes and the Bible”: A Textometric Approach to H. W. Jones’s Agenda (IGB,     INSA Lyon – IHRIM, ENS de Lyon)

19:00 Conference dinner, served at the Inter-University Centre building

Friday 19th November 

Session 4: 

10:00-11:00 Luc Foisneau: Against Philosophical Darkness: A Political conception of Enlightenment (EHESS Paris)

11:10-12:10 Luka Ribarević: Natural Condition of Mankind in Leviathan: A View from Peloponnesus (University of Zagreb)

12:15-13:30 Lunch, served in the Inter-University Centre building

Session 5: 

13:35-14:35 Gonzalo Bustamante: Hobbes and the Possibility of a Zoopolis (Adolfo   Ibáñez University Santiago de Chile)

14:45-15:45 Asaf Sokolowski: The ‘Tohu-Bohu’ Fool and His Defiance of Creation

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

Session 6: 

16:15-17:15 Johan Olsthoorn: Hobbes on Injustice and Injury (University of    Amsterdam)

17:25-18:25 Adrian Blau: Hobbes’s Failed Political Science (King’s College London)

19:30 Informal dinner; venue TBA 

Saturday 20th November 

Session 7: 

9:30-10:30 Kajetan Kubala: Hobbes and the persona perpetua of the State (Queen Mary, University of London)

10:40-11:40 Marko Simendić: The True Gods of Leviathan (University of Belgrade)

11:45-12:30 General meeting of the European Hobbes Society

12:30 Concluding lunch served in the Inter-University Centre building

Call for abstracts: Third Biennial Conference of the EHS

The Third Biennial Conference of the European Hobbes Society will be held at the Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th November 2021.

In addition to the papers presented by invited speakers, we have reserved a number of slots for papers to be selected from a blind-reviewed call for abstracts. We thus invite abstracts of no more than 300 words (longer abstracts will not be considered) by the end of Wednesday 8th September 2021. We welcome abstracts on any aspect of Hobbes’s thought. Abstracts should be emailed to in a Word file by the deadline.

Successful applicants will be informed by Wednesday 15th September 2021. The conference will follow the usual format of the European Hobbes Society, with all papers pre-circulated in advance to allow for optimal discussion and feedback during the conference itself. With this in mind, successful applicants will need to have a full draft of their paper (no longer than 9,000 words, including all references) ready to circulate by Monday 1st November 2021. Accommodation expenses are covered for all the speakers and there is no registration fee for the conference. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover travel expenses of successful applicants.

Attendance at the conference is free and open to all European Hobbes Society members, but the number of places is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. All participants are strongly encouraged to have a look at the pre-circulated papers in advance of the conference. Places will of course be reserved for everyone presenting papers, but if you would like to attend in a non-presenting capacity then please email to reserve your place.

For further information or queries please contact the conference conveners:
Luka Ribarević (University of Zagreb):
Hrvoje Cvijanović (University of Zagreb):

EHS Mini-Workshop, Amsterdam, 20 Nov 2019

A mini-workshop on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes will be held at the University of Amsterdam (Roeterseilandcampus B1.02) on Wednesday 20 November 2019:


13:00-14:15   Johan Olsthoorn (Amsterdam) – ‘Hobbes on the Rights of War’

14:20-15:35   Alexandra Chadwick (Groningen) – ‘Hobbes on the Nature of Man and the Nature of Politics’

15:40-16:55 Alan Nelson (UNC, Chapel Hill) – ‘Leviathan as Science and Why That Matters’

Organized by: Challenges to Democratic Representation (UvA); Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought; European Hobbes Society.

For more information, please contact Eric Schliesser (