Laurence Thomas is professor of philosophy at Syracuse University. He also teaches in the political science program and the Judaic studies program. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Maryland. His M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy are from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an honorary LLD from New England College. He has taught at Oberlin College and the University of Notre Dame. His areas of specialization are moral psychology and ethical theory. His articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Philosophical Psychology; Midwest Studies in Philosophy; The Monist; The Philosophical Forum; Ethics; The Encyclopedia of Ethics; Philosophical Books; Law and Philosophy; and more. He is the author of Vessels of Evil: American Slavery and the Holocaust and Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character. So, in terms of Laurence Thomas's philosophical identity, he don't see it as somehow being inextricably linked to Laurence Thomas the African-American.