Jonathan Cohen

Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of the Philosophy/Religion Program

Jonathan Cohen began teaching at UMF in 1992 after a year at Swarthmore College. His research focuses on Nietzsche, Ancient Greek Philosophy, and Jewish Philosophy. 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 projects include The Music of Nietzsche’s Life and Plato on Love, Death, and the Soul (for which he will be on sabbatical in Fall 2019). His courses range over the history of philosophy, logic, ethics, philosophy of education, philosophy of music, and philosophy and literature. 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