Laurence Thomas

Title: Professor

Company: Syracuse University

Location: Syracuse, New York, United States

Laurence Thomas, Professor of Syracuse University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Philosophy.

Dr. Thomas is a prolific author and professor of political science and philosophy, well known for his work on moral theory, social philosophy, African Americans and Jewish peoples. He is the author of four books, including “Vessels of Evil: American Slavery and the Holocaust.” In 2016, Dr. Thomas drew on the work of Barbara Herman in “Upside-Down Equality: A Response to Kantian Thought” in which he offers an adjustment on the moral concepts first proposed by one of the fathers of modern philosophy, making the proposal that social and moral equality are fundamentally different things. He has also written the related essays “Kant on Equality” and “Autonomy, Behavior, and Moral Goodness.”

Dr. Thomas earned a doctorate with the University of Pittsburgh in 1976, and was named an Andrew Mellon Faculty Fellow at Harvard University from 1978 to 1979. He received a National Endowment of the Humanities Award to conduct a seminar on “Competing Rights Claims” in the summer of 1981, and was appointed 1993 Lawrence Kohlberg Lecturer with the Association of Moral Education as well as the fifth Meyer Warren Tenenbaum and Labelle Tenenbaum Lecture at the University of South Carolina. One of the formative works of his career was giving the 1997 Kovler Lectures at the Medical School of the University of Cape Town, which has informed Dr. Thomas’ work on objectivity and evil.

As a prolific lecturer, Dr. Thomas has taught at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Maryland, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Oberlin College. In 1994 he was a visiting scholar in the religion department at the University of Michigan, and in 2000 he lectured before Queen Beatrix of Holland. His works have been published with the legal theorist Ronald Dworkin and political theorist Michael Walzer. Dr. Thomas is also something of a local celebrity, appearing in op-eds with local newspapers. Recently, he wrote on terrorism and self-indulgence. Some of Dr. Thomas’ notable works include an editorial credit with “Social Philosophy” from Blackwell Publishers, and a collaboration with Micheal Levin in 1999 on “Human Rights and Sexual Orientation.” He maintains the website, http://laurencethomas.com.

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