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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. A recent publication is an edited volume on Plato and the Sofists: A Mirror for our Times (2020). 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 on Rethinking liberal education: Contemporary challenges and opportunities (June 2013), Liberal arts and sciences education and core texts in the European context (September 2015), and Caring for souls: Can core texts educate character (October 2019) Emma is an active member of the University Colleges Academics Network Netherlands (

  • Publications


    • Cohen de Lara, E. (2020). Desire and the emotion of shame. In M. Bosch (Ed.), Desire and human flourishing: Perspectives from positive psychology, moral education and virtue ethics (pp. 339). Springer.


    • 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.


    • Cohen de Lara, E. (2018). Aristotle's Rhetoric and the persistence of emotions in the courtroom. In L. Huppes-Cluysenaer, & N. Coelho (Eds.), Aristotle on emotions in law and politics (pp. 385). (Law and philosophy library; Vol. 121). Springer.
    • Cohen de Lara, E. (2018). Baruch Spinoza: Radical republican. In X. Márquez (Ed.), Democratic Moments (pp. 73). (Textual moments in the history of political thought). London: Bloomsbury.


    • Cohen de Lara, E. (2017). The affective dimension of citizenship: A Platonic account. In D. Thunder (Ed.), The ethics of citizenship in the 21st century (pp. 49). Cham: Springer.
    • Cohen de Lara, E. (Ed.), Brouwer, R. (Ed.), Overeem, P., Poama, A., Gustin Law, L. K., Fermani, A., ... Collins, B. (2017). Aristotle's practical philosophy: On the relationship between his ethics and politics. Cham: Springer.
    • Cohen de Lara, E., & Drop, H. (2017). Back to the core: Rethinking core texts in liberal arts and sciences education in Europe. Delaware: Vernon Press.


    • Cohen de Lara, E. (2019). Een 'uitzonderlijke' tekst: Hobbes' vertaling van Aristoteles' Retorica. In A. Kinneging, M. Colette, & P. de Hert (Eds.), Thomas Hobbes: De ik-gerichtheid van de politieke filosofie (pp. 308). Eindhoven: Uitgeverij Damon.


    • Cohen de Lara, E. (2018). De senaat als anker van de staat. In P. de Hert, A. Kinneging, & G. Versluis (Eds.), De Federalist Papers: Bakermat van het moderne constitutionalisme (pp. 114). Eindhoven: Uitgeverij Damon.


    • Cohen de Lara, E., Joosse, A., Van Bommel, B., Bons, J., Wiersma, J., Van den Berg, B., ... Tans, O. (2020). Plato en de sofisten: Een spiegel voor onze tijd. (4 ed.) Nijmegen: Valkhof Pers.


    • Cohen de Lara, E. (2019). Meer dan recht alleen: Verstandige gematigdheid en schroom als morele voorwaarden voor de rechtsstaat. In F. van den Heuvel, & P. Overeem (Eds.), Een vitale rechtsstaat: Grondslag, kwetsbaarheid, weerbaarheid (2 ed., Vol. 107, pp. 17). Nijmegen: Valkhof Pers.


    • Cohen de Lara, E. (2015). Innerlijke vorming in het onderwijs: De blijvende noodzaak van Bildung. Christen democratische verkenningen, 86.


    • Cohen de Lara, E. (2012). De civil society als oefenplaats voor democratisch burgerschap. Christen democratische verkenningen, 112.
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