University of Pittsburgh


James G. Lennox

James G. Lennox


Department: History and Philosophy of Science

Degrees: PhD, University of Toronto

Courses Taught: Natural philosophy of Plato, Aristotle, and Theophrastus; Botany and zoology in the classical world; History and philosophy of biology


James Lennox is professor of History and Philosophy of Science. Research specialties include Ancient Greek philosophy, science and medicine and Charles Darwin and Darwinism. Lennox has published essays on the philosophical and scientific thought of Plato, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Boyle, Spinoza, and Darwin, especially focused on scientific explanation, and particularly teleological explanation, in the biological sciences.

Lennox is author of Aristotle's Philosophy of Biology (Cambridge 2000) and Aristotle on the Parts of Animals I-IV (Oxford, 2001), the first English translation of this work since 1937. He is co-editor of Philosophical Issues in Aristotle's Biology (Cambridge 1987); Self-Motion from Aristotle to Newton (Princeton 1995); and Concepts, Theories, and Rationality in the Biological Sciences (Pittsburgh and Konstanz 1995).

Selected Publications

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