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    Friendship, Altruism, and Morality.Laurence Thomas - 1983 - Philosophical Review 92 (1):135.
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    Pride, Shame and Guilt: Emotions of Self-Assessment.Laurence Thomas - 1988 - Philosophical Review 97 (4):585.
  3. Moral Deference.Laurence Thomas - 1993 - Philosophical Forum 24 (1-3):232-250.
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    Vessels of Evil: American Slavery and the Holocaust.Laurence Thomas - 1996 - 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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  5. Friendship in the Shadow of Technology.Laurence Thomas - forthcoming - 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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  6. Card, Claudia. Confronting Evils: Terrorism, Torture, Genocide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 350. $99.00. [REVIEW]Laurence Thomas - 2011 - Ethics 122 (1):184-188.
  7. The Character of Friendship.Laurence Thomas - forthcoming - 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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    Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character.Laurence Thomas - 1989 - 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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  9. Evil, Political Violence, and Forgiveness: Essays in Honor of Claudia Card.Todd Calder, Claudia Card, Ann Cudd, Eric Kraemer, Alice MacLachlan, Sarah Clark Miller, María Pía Lara, Robin May Schott, Laurence Thomas & Lynne Tirrell - 2009 - 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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  10. Friendship.Laurence Thomas - 1987 - Synthese 72 (2):217 - 236.
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  11. Morality and a Meaningful Life.Laurence Thomas - 2005 - Philosophical Papers 34 (3):405-427.
  12. Licensing Parents: Family, State, and Child Maltreatment.Michael McFall & Laurence Thomas - 2009 - Lexington Books.
    This book examines the negative power that child maltreatment has on individuals and society ethically and politically, while analyzing the positive power that parental love and healthy families have. To address how best to confront the problem of child maltreatment, it examines several policy options, ultimately defending a policy of licensing parents, while carefully examining the tension between child and adult rights and duties.
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  13. Friendship and Other Loves.Laurence Thomas - 1993 - In Neera Kapur Badhwar (ed.), Friendship: A Philosophical Reader. Cornell University Press. pp. 48--64.
     
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    Responsibility, Character, and the Emotions: New Essays in Moral Psychology. Ferdinand Schoeman.Laurence Thomas - 1989 - Ethics 99 (4):950-951.
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    Statistical Badness.Laurence Thomas - 1992 - Journal of Social Philosophy 23 (1):30-41.
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    Moral Equality and Natural Inferiority.Laurence Thomas - 2005 - 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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    Book ReviewsClaudia Card,. The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil.New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Pp. X+284. $45.00 ; $25.00. [REVIEW]Laurence Thomas - 2005 - Ethics 116 (1):222-225.
  18. Atrocities.Laurence Thomas - 2009 - 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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    Sexism and Racism: Some Conceptual Differences.Laurence Thomas - 1980 - Ethics 90 (2):239-250.
  20. Self Respect: Theory and Practice.Laurence Thomas - 1983 - In Harris (ed.), Philosophy Born of Struggle. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
     
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  21. Sexual Desire, Moral Choice, and Human Ends.Laurence Thomas - 2002 - Journal of Social Philosophy 33 (2):178–192.
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    Abortion and Moral Theory.Laurence Thomas - 1983 - Noûs 17 (2):323-330.
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    Moral Motivation: Kantians Versus Humeans (and Evolution).Laurence Thomas - 1988 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 13 (1):367-383.
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    Becoming an Evil Society.Laurence Thomas - 1996 - Political Theory 24 (2):271-294.
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    Moral Flourishing in an Unjust World.Laurence Thomas - 1993 - Journal of Moral Education 22 (2):83-96.
  26. Subjugation and Bondage: Critical Essays on Slavery and Social Philosophy.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 - 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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    The Reality of the Moral Self.Laurence Thomas - 1993 - The Monist 76 (1):3-21.
    Ethical egoism and Kantian ethics constitute radically different and incompatible moral traditions. Speaking rather broadly, one might go so far as to say that each tradition is a source of inspiration for criticisms of the other, each tradition reminding us of the limitations of the other. For Kantian ethics, with its extreme other-regarding and abstract approach to morality, would sometimes seem to lose sight of the self, leaving a self that seems somewhat eviscerated. Ethical egosim, by contrast, with its extreme (...)
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    Equality and the Mantra of Diversity.Laurence Thomas - manuscript
    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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    Animals and Animals.Laurence Thomas - 2010 - 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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    Moral Behavior and Rational Creatures of the Universe.Laurence Thomas - 1988 - The Monist 71 (1):59-71.
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    Case Studies: Should States Require Child Passenger Protection?Jerome A. Paulson & Laurence Thomas - 1981 - Hastings Center Report 11 (3):21.
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    Trust and Survival: Securing a Vision of the Good Society.Laurence Thomas - 1989 - Journal of Social Philosophy 20 (1-2):34-41.
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    Biological Moralism.Laurence Thomas - 1986 - Biology and Philosophy 1 (3):316.
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    Ethical Egoism and Psychological Dispositions.Laurence Thomas - 1980 - American Philosophical Quarterly 17 (1):73 - 78.
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    Rationality and Moral Autonomy: An Essay in Moral Psychology.Laurence Thomas - 1983 - 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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    Living With One’s Past: Personal Fates and Moral Pain.Laurence Thomas - 1998 - Philosophical Review 107 (2):307.
    This work has a most resounding virtue: It is an essay in moral philosophy written about the ordinary life. Care’s point of departure is a life that is flawed and troubled—one that is dulled to numerous moral considerations, one that is far from capable of just willing itself back on any track, moral or otherwise. And as the book’s title suggests, the question that he is concerned to answer is, How does that kind of person get on with living a (...)
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    Justice, Happiness, and Self-Knowledge.Laurence Thomas - 1986 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 16 (1):63 - 82.
    No man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one- Nathaniel HawthorneThe Platonic view that every just person is, in virtue of being such, happier than any unjust person, since all among the latter are unhappy, strikes a most responsive chord in the hearts of a great many persons. But it would seem that this idea has less of a foothold in reality (...)
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  38. What Good Am I?Laurence Thomas - 2009 - In Steven M. Cahn (ed.), Exploring Ethics: An Introductory Anthology. Oxford University Press.
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    Morality, Consistency, and the Self: A Lesson From Rectification.Laurence Thomas - 2001 - Journal of Social Philosophy 32 (3):374–381.
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    The Morally Obnoxious Comparisons of Evil: American Slavery and the Holocuast.Laurence Thomas - 2002 - 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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    Dr. Laura: Ruminations From a Listener.Laurence Thomas - manuscript
    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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    Doing Justice to Egoism.Laurence Thomas - 1989 - Journal of Philosophy 86 (10):551-552.
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    Should Race Matter? Unusual Answers to the Usual Questions.Laurence Thomas - 2013 - Philosophical Review 122 (4):647-650.
  44. Self-Respect, Fairness, and Living Morally.Laurence M. Thomas - 2003 - In Tommy Lee Lott & John P. Pittman (eds.), A Companion to African-American Philosophy. Blackwell.
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    Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide.Laurence Thomas - 1991 - Ethics 101 (3):666-667.
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    Acts, Omissions, and Common Sense Morality.Laurence Thomas - 1982 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 12 (sup1):37-46.
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    Two Models of Courage.Laurence Thomas - 1988 - Dialogue 27 (4):687-.
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    Liberty and a Spirit of Moral Decency.Laurence Thomas - 2011 - International Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (2):243-248.
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    Rationality and Affectivity: The Metaphysics of the Moral Self*: Laurence Thomas.Laurence Thomas - 1988 - Social Philosophy and Policy 5 (2):154-172.
    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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    Book ReviewsMonique. Canto‐Sperber, L’Inquiétude Morale Et la Vie Humaine.Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2001. Pp. Vii+293. €21. [REVIEW]Laurence Thomas - 2003 - Ethics 113 (3):684-692.
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