James F. Harris, Jr., Haserot Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, received his BA in philosophy and religion from the University of Georgia and his PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He previously taught at Transylvania University and the University of Georgia before coming to William & Mary in 1974. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (1973-74 and 1977-78) and Dartmouth College (1985-86).
Professor Harris is the author of numerous articles in domestic and foreign journals, and he is also the author of Against Relativism: A Philosophical Defense of Method (LaSalle, IL: Open Court Publishing Company,1992), Philosophical at 33 rpm: Themes of Classic Rock Music (LaSalle, IL: Open Court Publishing Company,1993), Analytic Philosophy of Religion (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002), The Ascent of Man: A Philosophy of Human Nature (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2010), and, most recently, The Serpentine Wall: The Winding Boundary between Church and State in the United States (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2013). He also edited Analyticity (Chicago, IL: Quadrangle Books, 1970) and Logic, God, and Metaphysics (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992).
During his tenure at William and Mary, Harris served as Chair of the Department for twelve years and held the Francis S. Haserot Endowed Chair in Philosophy from 1982 until his retirement. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to direct a four-week summer seminar for school teachers on the topic of The Principle of Separation between Church and State in 2006. Professor Harris retired from William and Mary in 2009.