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dr. E. (Emma) Cohen de Lara

Amsterdam University College
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Photographer: UvA

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  • Science Park 113
  • Room number:3.24
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  • Profile


    Dr. Emma Cohen de Lara (PhD University of Notre Dame) is senior lecturer in political theory and tutor at Amsterdam University College and research fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research ( Before joining AUC, she worked at the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Vermont. Emma Cohen de Lara completed her master degrees at the London School of Economics and Leiden University.


    At AUC, Emma Cohen de Lara teaches Classical and Modern Political Thought and Ancient Philosophical Texts. In the past, she has taught Politics of Modernity and Political Shakespeare. Emma supervises bachelor theses on a range of topics in political theory, including citizenship, democracy, ethics, and education.

    Research interest

    Emma's research focuses on questions in ancient political thought. She is the recent recipient of a stipendium from the Thijmgenootschap ( for which she is preparing an edited volume on Plato and the Sofists: A Mirror for our Times. Emma is also actively engaged in research and activities related to liberal arts and sciences education. She has organized several conferences that brought together academics who teach at university colleges in the Netherlands and abroad. The first conference was on the topic Rethinking Liberal Education: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities (June 2013), the second conference on Liberal Arts and Sciences Education and Core Texts in the European Context (September 2015), see: This conference culminated in the publication of the edited volume Back to the Core: Rethinking Core Texts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Education (Vernon Press, 2017). A sequel will be organized at the University of Navarra, see: Emma is ambassador for the Thomas More Foundation (


    E. Cohen de Lara (2019) Een "uitzonderlijke tekst": Hobbes' vertaling van Aristoteles' Retorica, in M. Colette, P. de Hert, A Kinneging, eds. Thomas Hobbes. Eindhoven: Damon, forthcoming.

    E. Cohen de Lara and Michiel Zonneveld (2019) Posthuum interview Plato: 'Cambridge Analytica is de sofist van deze tijd'. Filosofie Magazine, nr. 1.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2018) De senaat als anker van de staat, in P. de Hert, A. Kinneging, G. Versluis, eds. De Federalist Papers. Bakermat van het Modern Constitutionalisme. Eindhoven: Damon, 114-137.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2018) Aristotle's Rhetoric and the persistence of the emotions in the courtroom, in L. Huppes-Cluysenaer and N. Coelho, eds. Aristotle on Emotions in Law and Politics. Law and Philosophy Library, vol. 121. Springer, Cham., 385-399.

    E. Cohen de Lara and N. Cooper (2018) Baruch Spinoza: radical republican, in X. Marquez, ed. Democratic Moments. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 73-79.

    E. Cohen de Lara and R. Brouwer, eds. (2017)  Aristotle's Practical Philosophy: On ther Relationship between his Ethics and Politics. Springer, Cham.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2017) Aristotle's Politics: Ethical Politics or Political Realism? in Aristotle's Practical Philosophy: On the Relationship between his Ethics and Politics. Springer, Cham, 13-33.

    E. Cohen de Lara and H. Drop, eds. (2017) Back to the Core. Rethinking Core Texts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe, eds. E. Cohen de Lara and H. Drop. Wilmington VA: Vernon Press.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2017) Liberal Education and Core Texts: The Case of the Netherlands, in Back to the Core. Rethinking Core Texts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe, eds. E. Cohen de Lara and H. Drop. Wilmington VA: Vernon Press, pp. 41-58.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2017) The affective dimension of citizenship: A Platonic account, in The Ethics of Citizenship in the 21st Century, ed. D. Thunder. Springer International Publishing, pp. 49-61. 

    E. Cohen de Lara (2015) Bildung: De vorming van het innerlijk. Christen Democratische Verkenningen, Winter, 86-92.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2012) De civil society als oefenplaats voor democratisch burgerschap. Christen Democratische Verkenningen, Winter, 112-118.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2012) Burgerschap en de Rol van de Overheid: Een Kritiek op het Nederlandse Inburgeringsexamen. Recht der Werkelijkheid, 33: 1, 84-88; 95-96.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2011) Publius. Revolutionair Verval , eds. T. Baudet and M. Visser. Amsterdam: Prometheus / Bert Bakker.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2010) The Harmony of the Soul. Political Philosophy in a Time of Financial Crisis. Platon na Wall Street , eds. J. Kloczkowskiego and J. Price. Krakow: Osrodek Mysli Politycznej.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2010) Otto Friedrich Bollnow. Conservatieve Vooruitgang, eds. T. Baudet and M. Visser. Amsterdam: Prometheus / Bert Bakker.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2010) Josiah Ober's Democracy and Knowledge: book review. Acta Politica, 45: 3, 378-381.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2008) The Legislator and the Physician: Medical Imagery in Plato's Laws , dissertation, Ann Arbor MI: ProQuest.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2008) Human Nature and Human Communities: book review of Marlene Sokolon, Political Emotions (2006) and Eugene Garver, Confronting Aristotle's Ethics (2006), Review of Politics 70: 1, 161-164.

    E. Cohen de Lara (2007) Socrates' Response to the Divine in Plato's Apology. Polis: Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought, 24: 2, 193-202.

  • Publications


    • Pratt, M. J. O., van Drunen, M. A., & Cohen de Lara, E. (2019). An Ongoing State of Dialogue: Learning-centred education at Amsterdam University College. Th&ma, Tijdschrift voor hoger onderwijs & management, 2019(4), 26-30.
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