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Robin Douglass joined the Department of Political Economy in July 2012. His research focuses on the history of modern political thought. He is a co-founder of the European Hobbes Society and co-editor of the European Journal of Political Theory.

Office hours

Robin is on sabbatical for the first semester of 2022/23. Please e-mail to arrange an appointment.

Teaching and PhD Supervision

In 2022/23, Robin is teaching ‘Eighteenth-Century Political Thought’ and ‘Twentieth Century Political Thought’.

Robin would welcome PhD applicants interested in political theory/history of political thought, especially focusing on:

  • History of modern political thought, especially 17-18th century
  • Hobbes, Mandeville, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Adam Smith (among others)
  • Liberalism
  • Republicanism



Mandeville’s Fable: Pride, Hypocrisy, and Sociability (Princeton University Press, 2023).

Hobbes’s On the Citizen: A Critical Guide, ed. with Johan Olsthoorn (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Hobbes on Politics and Religion, ed. with Laurens van Apeldoorn (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Rousseau and Hobbes: Nature, Free Will, and the Passions (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Articles and book chapters

‘Rousseau’s republican citizenship: The moral psychology of The Social Contract’, in The Cambridge Companion to Rousseau’s ‘Social Contract’, ed. Matthew W. Maguire and David Lay Williams (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

‘A moral philosophy for commercial society?’, in Interpreting Adam Smith: Critical Essays, ed. Paul Sagar (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

‘The dark side of recognition: Bernard Mandeville and the morality of pride’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, online first.

‘Bernard Mandeville on the use and abuse of hypocrisy’, Political Studies 70, no. 2 (2022), 465–82.

‘Mandeville on the origins of virtue’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28, no. 2 (2020), 276–95.

‘Hobbes and political realism’, European Journal of Political Theory 19, no. 2 (2020), 250–69.

‘Inequality’, in The Rousseauian Mind, ed. Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly (Routledge, 2019), 308–18.

‘Theorising commercial society: Rousseau, Smith and Hont’, European Journal of Political Theory 17, no. 4 (2018), 501–11.

‘Hobbes sur la représentation et la souveraineté’, in Les Défis de la représentation : Langages, pratiques et figuration du gouvernement, ed. Manuela Albertone and Dario Castiglione (Classiques Garnier, 2018), 91–114.

‘Authorisation and representation before Leviathan, Hobbes Studies 31, no. 1 (2018), 30–47.

‘Morality and sociability in commercial society: Smith, Rousseau—and Mandeville’, The Review of Politics 79, no. 4 (2017), 597–620.

‘Tuck, Rousseau and the sovereignty of the people’, History of European Ideas 42, no. 8 (2016), 1111–14.

‘Control, consent and political legitimacy’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 19, no. 2 (2016), 121–40.

Leviathans old and new: what Collingwood saw in Hobbes’, History of European Ideas 41, no. 4 (2015), 527–43.

‘What’s wrong with inequality? Some Rousseauian perspectives’, European Journal of Political Theory 14, no. 3 (2015), 368–77.

‘Thomas Hobbes’s changing account of liberty and challenge to republicanism’, History of Political Thought 36, no. 2 (2015), 281–309.

‘The body politic “is a fictitious body”: Hobbes on imagination and fiction’, Hobbes Studies 27, no. 2 (2014), 126–47.

‘Rousseau’s critique of representative sovereignty: Principled or pragmatic?’, American Journal of Political Science 57, no. 3 (2013), 735–47.

‘Montesquieu and modern republicanism’, Political Studies 60, no. 3 (2012), 700–19.

‘Rousseau’s debt to Burlamaqui: The ideal of nature and the nature of things’, Journal of the History of Ideas 72, no. 2 (2011), 209–30.

‘Free will and the problem of evil: Reconciling Rousseau’s divided thought’, History of Political Thought 31, no. 4 (2010), 639–55.