Gabriella Slomp, Reader in Political Theory


Gabriella Slomp is Reader in political theory. She attained her first degree from the University of Siena (Italy) and her PhD from the London School of Economics. She worked at the Universities of Swansea and Strathclyde before joining St Andrews University in 1999 where she has been Erasmus coordinator, year coordinator, dissertation coordinator, career officer, advisor, library representative, and director of postgraduate research.

Author of Thomas Hobbes and the Political Philosophy of Glory (2000) and Carl Schmitt and the Politics of Hostility, Violence and Terror ( 2009); editor and co-editor of a number of books on the history of political thought, she has contributed articles to journals such as Political Studies, History of Political Thought, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and CRISPP.

Former Editor-in-Chief (2016-2018) and Associate Editor (2013-2015) of Hobbes Studies (Brill), Gabriella  is on the editorial board of Amity: The Journal of Friendship Studies and of the Journal of International Political Theory.

Research areas

Gabriella Slomp ’s research focuses on the history of western political thought. Her main interests are: the political theory of Thomas Hobbes; Carl Schmitt’s political thought; the development of  the so-called ‘friendship’ tradition from ancient to contemporary times. She is currently completing a monograph on Modernity and the Eclipse of Friendship in Political Studies.


Single-author research books

  • Thomas Hobbes and the Political Philosophy of Glory, Macmillan, 2000.
  • Carl Schmitt and the Politics of Hostility, Violence and Terror, Palgrave, 2009.

Edited books

  • (with Prokhovnik) International Political Theory after Hobbes, Palgrave, 2011 (paperback edition, 2016).
  • (with Femia and Korosenyi) Political Leadership in Liberal and Democratic Theory, Imprint Academic, 2009.
  • (Editor by invitation) Thomas Hobbes, Ashgate, 2008.

Edited special issue

  • (with Lang) Hobbes and Law: the Past in the Present, CRISPP, 2016.

Selected articles in peer reviewed journals

  • (2018) 'As thick as thieves: exploring Thomas Hobbes’s critique of ancient friendship and its contemporary relevance', Political Studies 2019, Vol. 67(1), 191-206, accesible online here.
  • (2016) 'The Lawmaker’s Two persons and the Role of Counselling', Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol 19, issue 1,pp 68-85.
  • (2015) 'Limiting Leviathan: an advice book for rulers?' Social Theory and Practice, vol 41, issue 1, pp 149-163.
  • (2010) 'The Liberal Slip of Thomas Hobbes’s authoritarian pen', Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, 13 (2): 357-70.
  • (2010) "Cinq arguments de Carl Schmitt contre l'idee de ‘guerre juste’.", KRISIS: Revue didees et de Debats, 33, 101-116 translation of (2006) ‘Carl Schmitt’s Five Arguments against Just War’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs , vol 19, number 3, pp 435- 447.
  • (2009) 'Thomas Hobbes, Carl Schmitt and the Event of Conscription', Telos, 147, Summer 2009, pp 149-65.
  • (2007) 'Kant Against Hobbes: Reasoning and Rhetoric', Journal of Moral Philosophy, vol 4 (2), July 2007, pp 208- 223.
  • (2007) 'Carl Schmitt on Friendship: Polemics and Diagnostics', Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, vol 10, no 2, June 2007, pp 199-213.
  • (2006) 'Carl Schmitt’s Five Arguments against Just War', Cambridge Review of International Affairs , vol 19, number 3, September 2006, pp 435- 447.
  • (2005) 'The Theory of the Partisan: Carl Schmitt’s Neglected Legacy', History of Political Thought, vol XXVI, Issue 3, Autumn 2005, pp 502-519.
  • (2003) 'Hobbes’s Behemoth on Ambition, Greed, and Fear', Filozofski Vestnik (Acta Philosophica), vol. 24, no. 2 (2003), pp. 189-204.
  • (1998) 'From Genus to Species: The Unravelling of Hobbesian Glory', History of Political Thought, vol. 19(4), Winter 1998, pp. 552-569.
  • (1996) 'Hobbes, Harsanyi and the Edge of the Abyss' (joint with M. La Manna), Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol. 29(1), March 1996, pp. 159-172.
  • (1994) 'Hobbes’s Leviathan: Revenue-Maximizer or Glory-Seeker' (joint with M. La Manna), Constitutional Political Economy, vol. 92, 1994, pp.159-172.
  • (1994) 'Hobbes and the Equality of Women', Political Studies, vol.42(3), Sept 1994, pp. 441-452.
  • (1990) 'Hobbes, Thucydides and the Three Greatest Things', History of Political Thought, vol. 11, Winter 1990, pp.565-586.

Invited chapters

  • (2018) 'On Benevolence and Love of Others'  in Sharon Lloyd (ed) Hobbes Interpretations, Cambridge University Press, Chapter 6, forthcoming
  • (2017) 'Hobbes’s Conception of Human Nature and Motivation' in Sharon Lloyd (ed) Hobbes Interpretations, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • (2017) 'Thomas Hobbes' Encyclopedia of Social Theory edited by B. Turner Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming.
  • (2013) 'Hobbes on glory, vainglory and pride' in Sharon Lloyd (ed) The Bllomsbury Companion to Hobbes.
  • (2011) 'Thomas Hobbes' in International Encyclopedia of Political Science, edited by Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser and Leonardo Morlino, Sage.
  • (2011) 'The Liberal slip' in J.Tralau (ed) Thomas Hobbes and Carl Schmitt : The Politics of Order and Myth, Routledge pp 99-11.
  • (2011) 'The Politics of Motion and the Motion of Politics' in G. Slomp and R. Prokhovnik (eds) in International Political Theory After Hobbes, Palgrave Macmillan, pp19-41.
  • (2009) 'Machiavelli, Hobbes, Schmitt and The Janus face of Leadership', in Femia, Korosenyi and Slomp (eds) Political Leadership in Liberal and Democratic Theory, Exeter 2009, pp 49-66.
  • (2009) 'On Ambition, Greed, and Fear', in T. Mastnak (ed), Hobbes’s Behemoth: Religion and Democracy, Imprint Academic, Exeter, 2009, pp 165-180.
  • (2009) 'The origins of Realism revisited' in P. Hayden (ed) The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations , Ashgate, 2009, pp 13-26.
  • (2009) 'The unhappy Marriage of Hobbes and Realism', in Akis Kalaitzidis, Global Politics in the Dawn of the 21st Century, 2009 ATINER, Athens, pp 29-38.
  • (2008) 'Carl Schmitt on friendship', in King, Preston and Smith, Graham M. (eds) Friendship in Politics, Routledge 2008 pp.83-98.
  • (2008) 'On Sovereignty', in T. Salmon and M. Imber (eds) Issues in International Relations, 2nd edition 2008 Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp 33-45.
  • (2007) 'Hobbes on Glory and Civil Strife' in The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes’s Leviathan, edited by P. Springborg, Cambridge University Press, July 2007, pp.129-14.

Book reviews

  • Review of Evrigenis,  ‘Images of Anarchy’ The Seventeenth Century. 30, 4, December 2015.
  • Review of Howard Williams, ‘Kant’s Critique of Hobbes’, Contemporary Political Theory, vol. IV, 2005, pp. 83-85.
  • Review of Ian Targenza, ‘Michael Oakeshott on Hobbes’, Contemporary Political Theory,2005.
  • Review of David van Mill, ‘Liberty Rationality and Agency in Hobbes’s Leviathan’, Political Studies Review, vol. I (2), April 2003, p. 199.
  • Review of Preston King, ‘Thinking Past A Problem’, History of Political Thought, vol. XXIII(1), Spring 2002, pp. 186-7.
  • Review of Norberto Bobbio, ‘Thomas Hobbes and the Natural Law Tradition’, History of Political Thought, vol. XVI(4), Winter 1995 pp. 611-2.
  • Review of R. Prokhovnik, ‘Rhetoric and philosophy in Hobbes’ Leviathan’, History of Political Thought, Vol. XVI(1), Spring 1995, pp. 155-6.
  • Review of State, ‘Thomas Hobbes and the debate over Natural Law and religion’, History of Political Thought, vol. XVI(2), Summer 1995, pp. 260-1.
  • Review of David Boonin-Vail, ‘Thomas Hobbes and the Science of Moral Virtue’ and of Tito Magri, ‘Contratto e Convenzione’, History of Political Thought, vol. XVII (3), Autumn 1996, pp. 454-6.


Gabriella Slomp teaches the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • IR3013 Modern Ideologies
  • IR3056 Political Leadership: Theories and History
  • IR4504 The Language of Politics
  • IR4535 Theories of Friendship, Solidarity and Peace
  • IR5406 Theories of Friendship and Enmity
  • IR5412 Reason of State: Origin, Nature and Career of a Concept

She contributes lectures on Realism to IR1005 and seminars on Machiavelli, Hobbes and Schmitt to the core module of the MLitt in International Political Theory.

Research students

Gabriella Slomp is first supervisor to the following students:

  • Flaminia Incecchi
  • Taline Djoboulian

PhD supervision topics

Gabriella Slomp is very happy to supervise PhD or MPhil dissertations on the following topics:  

  • the understanding of friendship and enmity, and the role of the passions, in western political thought from ancient to contemporary times
  • the political theory of Thomas Hobbes
  • the political thought of Carl Schmitt