Jonathan Cohen

Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of the Philosophy/Religion Program

Jonathan Cohen has been teaching at UMF since 1992. He is the author of In Nietzsche’s Footsteps, a philosophical travel memoir recounting his family’s trip to three of Nietzsche’s favorite residences (8th House Publishing, 2018), as well as Science, Culture, and Free Spirits: A Study of Nietzsche’s Human, All-Too-Human (Humanity Books, 2010). Current research projects include Plato on Love, Death, and the Soul and The Music of Nietzsche’s Life. His courses range over the history of philosophy from Anaximander to Zizek, as well as logic, ethics, philosophy of education, philosophy of music, and philosophy and literature. Recent course titles include “Philosophies to Live By” and “Truth Lies & BS.” He is a volunteer maintainer of the Appalachian Trail and an avid Nordic skier.


  • 1991 PhD University of Pennsylvania
  • 1988 MA The Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • 1984 MA The Johns Hopkins University
  • 1980 AB Harvard University
Jonathan Cohen - HUMA