Paul Schuurman is assistant professor of History of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
He writes on:
* the influence of game-theoretical concepts on the grand strategy of the Dutch Republic (Pieter de la Court);
* the influence of theological concepts on the philosophy of war (François Fénelon);
* the importance of positive and negative feedback cycles for the explanation of the rise and fall of empires (Montesquieu);
* the concepts of ‘absolute war’ and ‘limited war’ versus ‘real war’ (Carl von Clausewitz);
* the role of historical counterfactuals in the analysis and evaluation of military decisions (Carl von Clausewitz);
* the delimma between realism and playability in Napoleonic wargames as models of military reality;
* the evaluation of the functionality of warfare in the work of Immanuel Kant, Herbert Spencer and Ian Morris.
Paul Schuurman studied History, Business Administration and Philosophy. He obtained his doctorate at Keele University (United Kingdom) with a text edition of John Locke's “Of the Conduct of the Understanding”. He has also published on the epistemology, philosophy of science and logic of John Locke and René Descartes. See also his electronic edition of the manuscripts of John Locke on www.digitallockeproject.nl.