My views on moral philosophy have been constantly and profoundly influenced by the conversations I have had and the books and articles I have read. But it is far too late in the day, I fear, to try to identify most of the specific points of influence. I know that I have shamelessly appropriated insights and arguments whenever they have seemed plausible to me -- making them my own -- and now I am no longer able to give detailed credit for most of these ideas. But credit and gratitude are most certainly due, to all those who have taught me: my colleagues, my students, and my teachers.
Special thanks should go to Gina Novick. It was Gina who first persuaded me to write this book. And then -- years later -- she read it in manuscript and showed me how to make it better.