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  1. Laurence Thomas (forthcoming). The Character of Friendship. In Danian Caluori (ed.), Thinking About Friendship: Historical and Contemporary Prespectives. Palgrave MacMillon
    This essay discusss (1) the differences and commonalities between romantic love and friendship and (2) the differences and commonalities between parental love of friendship.
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  2. Laurence Thomas (forthcoming). Friendship in the Shadow of Technology. In Steven Scalet (ed.), Morality and Moral Controversies. Abebooks
    This essay looks at the impact that technology is having upon friendship. For as we all know, it is nothing at all to see friends at a restaurant table all engaged in texting rather than talking to one another.
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  3. Todd Calder, Claudia Card, Ann Cudd, Eric Kraemer, Alice MacLachlan, Sarah Clark Miller, María Pía Lara, Robin May Schott, Laurence Thomas & Lynne Tirrell (2009). Evil, Political Violence, and Forgiveness: Essays in Honor of Claudia Card. Lexington Books.
    Rather than focusing on political and legal debates surrounding attempts to determine if and when genocidal rape has taken place in a particular setting, this essay turns instead to a crucial, yet neglected area of inquiry: the moral significance of genocidal rape, and more specifically, the nature of the harms that constitute the culpable wrongdoing that genocidal rape represents. In contrast to standard philosophical accounts, which tend to employ an individualistic framework, this essay offers a situated understanding of harm that (...)
     
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    Laurence Thomas (1996). [Book Review] Vessels of Evil, American Slavery and the Holocaust. [REVIEW] Ethics 106 (2):424-448.
    Two profound atrocities in the history of Western culture form the subject of this moving philosophical exploration: American Slavery and the Holocaust. An African American and a Jew, Laurence Mordekhai Thomas denounces efforts to place the suffering of one group above the other. Rather, he pronounces these two defining historical experiences as profoundly evil in radically different ways and points to their logically incompatible aims. The author begins with a discussion of the nature of evil, exploring the fragility of human (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (1989). Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character. Temple University Press.
    CHAPTER ONE Moral Character and Moral Theories Social interaction is the thread from which the fabric of moral character is woven.1 For it is social ...
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    Laurence Thomas (2005). Morality and a Meaningful Life. Philosophical Papers 34 (3):405-427.
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    Laurence Thomas (1987). Friendship. Synthese 72 (2):217 - 236.
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    Laurence Thomas (1993). Moral Deference. Philosophical Forum 24 (1-3):232-250.
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    Laurence Thomas (1992). Statistical Badness. Journal of Social Philosophy 23 (1):30-41.
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    Laurence Thomas (2009). Atrocities. In Clifton Bryant Dennis Peck (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. Sage Publication
    This essay discusses the character of many atrocities that have occurred throughout human history.
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    Laurence Thomas (2005). Moral Equality and Natural Inferiority. Social Theory and Practice 31 (3):379-404.
    This essay is a commentary upon "Race and Kant" by Thomas Hill, Jr and Bernard Boxill. They argue that although Kant in his anthropological writings took blacks to be inferior, his moral theory requires that they be shown the proper moral respect since blacks are persons nonetheless. I argue that this argument is sound, because the conception of inferiority that Kant attributed to blacks does not permit showing them the proper moral respect. Imagine a defective Mercedes Benz and a Ford (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (2002). Sexual Desire, Moral Choice, and Human Ends. Journal of Social Philosophy 33 (2):178–192.
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    Laurence Thomas, Equality and the Mantra of Diversity.
    This essay is part of a symposium on affirmative action that took place at the University of Cincinnati with the distinguished legal scholar Ronald Dworkin. I argue against affirmative action. And I discuss at length the votes of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the dissent of Justice Clarence Thomas. I develop the idea of idiosyncratic excellence; and I argue that diversity is a weakness insofar as it (a) an excuse for social myopia and (b)an impediment to individuals seeing beyond their (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (1980). Sexism and Racism: Some Conceptual Differences. Ethics 90 (2):239-250.
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    Laurence Thomas (2011). Liberty and a Spirit of Moral Decency. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (2):243-248.
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    Laurence Thomas (2011). Card , Claudia . Confronting Evils: Terrorism, Torture, Genocide . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 350. $99.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Ethics 122 (1):184-188.
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    Laurence Thomas (2010). Animals and Animals. Between the Species 13 (10):11.
    Speciesism is the wrong of not acknowledging the moral qualities that non-human animals possess that are similar or equivalent or even superior to the moral qualities that human beings possess. However, since it is manifestly clear that no one thinks that apes are in any way obligated to human beings, it clearly cannot be a form of speciesism to be mindful of the differences on the basis of which that is so. In opposition to the advocates of the Great Ape (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (1983). Rationality and Moral Autonomy: An Essay in Moral Psychology. Synthese 57 (2):249 - 266.
    Although there are many variations on the theme, so much is made of the good of moral autonomy that it is difficult not to suppose that there is everything to be said for being morally autonomous and nothing at all to be said for being morally nonautonomous. However, this view of moral autonomy cannot be made to square with the well-received fact that most people are morally nonautonomous — not, at any rate, unless one is prepared to maintain that most (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (2013). Should Race Matter? Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions. Philosophical Review 122 (4):647-650.
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    Laurence Thomas (1993). Moral Flourishing in an Unjust World. Journal of Moral Education 22 (2):83-96.
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  21. Laurence Thomas (1983). Self Respect: Theory and Practice. In Harris (ed.), Philosophy Born of Struggle. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company
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    Laurence Thomas (1996). Becoming an Evil Society: The Self and Strangers. Political Theory 24 (2):271-294.
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    Laurence Thomas (1998). Living With One's Past. Philosophical Review 107 (2):307-309.
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    Laurence Thomas (1988). Jews, Blacks, and Group Autonomy. Social Theory and Practice 14 (1):55-69.
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    Laurence Thomas (2002). The Morally Obnoxious Comparisons of Evil: American Slavery and the Holocuast. In [Book Chapter].
    The essay discuss the issue of comparing the American Slavery and the Holocaust, and the extent to which the ideology of the American dream has fueled invidious comparisons between the two peoples. Just as murder and rape are wrongs to be understood in their own right, I argue that a like claim holds for American Slavery and the Holocuast. The essay further points out that we should be weary of supposing that wrongdoing is the sort of the thing for which (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (1988). Moral Motivation: Kantians Versus Humeans (and Evolution). Midwest Studies in Philosophy 13 (1):367-383.
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    Laurence Thomas (1992). Liberalism and the Holocause. Social Philosophy Today 7:437-450.
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  28. Laurence Thomas (1993). Friendship and Other Loves. In Neera Kapur Badhwar (ed.), Friendship: A Philosophical Reader. Cornell University Press 48--64.
     
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    Laurence Thomas (1988). Moral Behavior and Rational Creatures of the Universe. The Monist 71 (1):59-71.
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    Laurence Thomas (1982). Law, Morality and Our Psychological Nature. Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy 4:111-123.
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    Laurence Thomas (1980). Ethical Egoism and Psychological Dispositions. American Philosophical Quarterly 17 (1):73 - 78.
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    Laurence Thomas (2014). Being Moral and Handling the Truth. Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):1-20.
    It is generally agreed that Kant went too far in his claim that it is wrong to lie even if doing so will save an individual's life. The question remains whether it is morally permissible to tell a lie even if this does not involve saving the life of another individual. In this essay, I seek to answer this question affirmatively while at the same time setting strong constraints for when a lie is morally permissible. I argue that lying is (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (1986). Biological Moralism. Biology and Philosophy 1 (3):316.
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    Laurence Thomas (1993). The Reality of the Moral Self. The Monist 76 (1):3-21.
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    Laurence Thomas (2005). Claudia Card, The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil:The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil. Ethics 116 (1):222-225.
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    Laurence Thomas, Dr. Laura: Ruminations From a Listener.
    This essay is a discussion of the radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger. It is an assessment of the moral advice that she dispenses her radio show, and kinds of criticisms to which she has been subjected.
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    Laurence Thomas (1986). Justice, Happiness, and Self-Knowledge. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 16 (1):63 - 82.
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    Laurence Thomas (2001). Morality, Consistency, and the Self: A Lesson From Rectification. Journal of Social Philosophy 32 (3):374–381.
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  39. Anita Allen, Bernard Boxill, Joshua Cohen, R. M. Hare, Bill Lawson, Tommy Lott, Howard McGary, Julius Moravcsik, Laurence Thomas, William Uzgalis, Julie Ward, Bernard Williams & Cynthia Willett (eds.) (1998). Subjugation and Bondage: Critical Essays on Slavery and Social Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    This volume addresses a wide variety of moral concerns regarding slavery as an institutionalized social practice. By considering the slave's critical appropriation of the natural rights doctrine, the ambiguous implications of various notions of consent and liberty are examined. The authors assume that, although slavery is undoubtedly an evil social practice, its moral assessment stands in need of a more nuanced treatment. They address the question of what is wrong with slavery by critically examining, and in some cases endorsing, certain (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (2012). Self‐Deception as the Handmaiden of Evil. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 36 (1):53-61.
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    Jerome A. Paulson & Laurence Thomas (1981). Should States Require Child Passenger Protection? Hastings Center Report 11 (3):21-22.
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    Laurence Thomas (1985). Beliefs and the Motivation to Be Just. American Philosophical Quarterly 22 (4):347 - 352.
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    Laurence Thomas (1989). Doing Justice to Egoism. Journal of Philosophy 86 (10):551-552.
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    Laurence Thomas (1988). Rationality and Affectivity: The Metaphysics of the Moral Self. Social Philosophy and Policy 5 (2):154.
    There is a way of doing moral philosophy which goes something like this: If it can be shown that it is rational for perfectly selfish people to accept the constraints of morality, then it will follow, a fortiori, that it is rational for people capable of affective bonds, and thus less selfish, to do so. On this way of proceeding the real argument – that is, the argument for the actual constraints to be adopted – proceeds with only fully rational (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (1987). A Tribute. Synthese 72 (1):1 - 4.
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    Laurence Thomas (1991). American Slavery and the Holocaust: Their Ideologies Compared. Public Affairs Quarterly 5 (2):191-210.
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    Laurence Thomas (1979). Capitalism Versus Marx's Communism. Studies in East European Thought 20 (1):67-79.
    In this paper, I have assessed Marx's criticism of capitalism, and the practice of divided labor, from the standpoint of two important senses of worth which persons can have, namely self-respect and self-esteem. I have tried to show that in either case, Communism, as Marx envisioned it, is not the superior to capitalism he might have supposed. Along the way, I hope to have also shown the importance of distinguishing between two concepts, namely self-respect and self-esteem.
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    Laurence Thomas (1989). Book Review:Responsibility, Character, and the Emotions: New Essays in Moral Psychology Ferdinand Schoeman. [REVIEW] Ethics 99 (4):950-.
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    Laurence Thomas (2013). Being Moral and Handling the Truth. Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (1-2):1-20.
    It is generally agreed that Kant went too far in his claim that it is wrong to lie even if doing so will save an individual's life. The question remains whether it is morally permissible to tell a lie even if this does not involve saving the life of another individual. In this essay, I seek to answer this question affirmatively while at the same time setting strong constraints for when a lie (not involving saving a life) is morally permissible. (...)
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    Laurence Thomas (1990). The Theory and Practice of Autonomy. Philosophical Books 31 (1):38-40.
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