I am grateful for the mentorship of three colleagues in particular. Frank Cunningham provider continuing inspiration through his teaching, research, and collegiality which steadily stokes aspirations for my own work. Danny Goldstick, whose keen, critical mind and editorial eye, taught me a great deal, especially about how to avoid errors in thought and writing by personally subjecting me to the practical art of philosophical self-defense at almost every opportunity. Bill Harvey extended his professional support and personal friendship to me when it mattered so much so many years ago. We both know that my indebtedness to him far exceeds what words can express.
Family and friends who have offered support to the philosopher include: my parents, Valère and Réjeanne; my sisters, Susan and Pauline; and friends, Michelle Marshall and Barbara Secker. To many colleagues at the University of Toronto, I am indebted. I also acknowledge research support in the form of course-load reductions provided by the Department of Philosophy at Marquette University. To my colleagues at Marquette and at the Medical College of Wisconsin who have expressed an interest in my work and offered support, thank you. For editorial and production assistance, I thank Elisabeth Linton, acquisitions editor, formerly with the Greenwood Publishing Group, Meg Ferguson, production editor, and Matt Pierlott for research and proof-reading assistance.
To Tamera Ann Myre, friend, buttress, and believer, goes my deepest gratitude. You see me through; this book is dedicated to you.