James Lesher received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and taught at the University of Maryland before joining the UNC department in the fall of 2007. He has held research fellowships at Harvard University (1971-72), Princeton University (1974-75), the Center for Hellenic Studies (1982-83), and the National Humanities Center (2004-2005).
Lesher has written or edited four books on ancient Greek philosophy:Xenophanes of Colophon (Toronto U. P., 1992); The Greek Philosophers: Greek Texts with Notes and Commentary (Duckworth/Bristol Classical Press, 1998); Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception, co-edited with Debra Nails and Frisbee Sheffield (Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard U. P., 2006); and From Inquiry to Demonstrative Knowledge: New Essays on Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics (2010). He is also the author of more than seventy articles on topics relating to ancient Greek philosophy; among them: ‘Gnôsis and Epistêmê in Socrates’ Dream in the Theaetetus,‘ TheJournal of Hellenic Studies (l969); ‘Aristotle on Form, Substance, and Universals: A Dilemma,’ Phronesis (1971); ‘The Meaning ofNous in the Posterior Analytics,’ Phronesis (1973); ‘Perceiving and Knowing in the Iliad and Odyssey,’ Phronesis (1981); ‘Socrates’ Disavowal of Knowledge,’ Journal of the History of Philosophy (1987); ‘The Emergence of Philosophical Interest in Cognition,’ Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (1994); ‘Mind’s Knowledge and Powers of Control in Anaxagoras DK B12,’ Phronesis (1995); ‘Early Interest in Knowledge’ in The Cambridge Companion to Early Greek Philosophy (Cambridge, 1999); ‘The Humanizing of Knowledge’ in The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy (Oxford U. P., 2008), and ‘Xenophanes of Colophon’ in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He is currently writing a paper on secular and religious ways of knowing in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King.