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James G. Lennox

James G. Lennox


PhD, University of Toronto, 1978


James G. Lennox is professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, and secondary member of the Departments of Classics and Philosophy. 


During 1983-84, he was a junior fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.; in 1987, a fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University; and in 1994, a visiting lecturer in philosophy at Oxford University. 


He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  His research and publications focus on the relationship between philosophy and the life sciences, with particular emphasis on ancient Greece and the 19th and 20th centuries.  He is co-editor (with A. Gotthelf) of Philosophical Issues in Aristotle's Biology (Cambridge, 1987) and (with M. L. Gill) of Self-motion from Aristotle to Newton (Princeton, 1994).  A collection of his articles on Aristotle is published under the title Aristotle's Philosophy of Biology (Cambridge, 2000). His translation and commentary on Aristotle's Parts of Animals 1-IV, published as part of the Clarendon Aristotle Series (Oxford, 2002), is the first English translation of this work since 1937.


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Dennis Looney                                  James G. Lennox


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987


Dennis Looney is associate professor and chair of the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures and secondary member in the Department of Classics. 


For several summers in the mid-1980s he taught in the intensive Latin/Greek Institute at the City University of New York.  He has received National Endowment for the Humanities grants for summer study. 


His general interest is in history of the classical tradition, with a particular focus on the connection between classical writings and the vernacular literature of medieval and Renaissance Italy.  He has published articles on Dante, Petrarch, Ariosto, and Tasso, and a book on the reception of the classics in Ferrara from 1450-1600, Compromising the Classics: Romance Epic Narrative in the Italian Renaissance (Wayne State UP, 1996).  His book was nominated the finalist for the Modern Language Association's Marraro Award for best book in Italian Studies, 1996-1998.


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