Tommy L. Lott is professor of philosophy at San Jose State University. He earned his BA degree in philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught at Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, and California State University, Los Angeles. He was chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Blacks in Philosophy, 1993-1996. His areas of specialization are modern philosophy, social and political thought, and Africana studies. His articles and reviews have appeared in Social Identities; Multiculturalism: The Philosophical Forum; Black Women in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia; History of Philosophy Quarterly; Hobbes: War Among Nations; Mind & Language; Thomas Hobbes: His View of Man; Revue europeene des sciences sociales; African American Review; Ethics; and more. LottI would say that being raised a Catholic and developing a healthy sense of skepticism.