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ix Acknowledgments This book owes much to the insightful criticism of Hugh LaFollette, who subjected an early version of this manuscript to thoughtful, honest, and detailed criticism. Michael Eldridge offered many useful comments, especially with regard to the final chapters. Jennifer Welchman provided sharp criticism of the first chapter. Although she may not agree with the final result, I hope that I have managed to do some justice to her concerns. Members of the Midwest Pragmatist Study Group in Chicago heard a version of the first chapter. I cherish many discussions with group members including, among others, Charlene and Hans Seigfried, Bill Myers, Gary Herstein, and Ken Stikkers. My exposure to the work of the late Frederick L. Will while doing graduate study at the University of Illinois had an important impact on my thinking about pragmatism. Although I only had a few occasions to interact with Will in person, I owe a great debt to him. James D. Wallace’s philosophical work, seminar in moral philosophy at the University of Illinois, and sage advice were critical sources of insight to which I remain indebted. Richard Schacht, Allen Hance, and Bert Koegler provided valuable help during the writing of the dissertation that began the gestation of the ideas in this book. Robert Kraut’s seminar on Richard Rorty and Bernie Rosen’s survey course on pragmatism sparked an abiding interest in pragmatism while I was working on my master’s degree at Ohio State. I am grateful to both. John Lachs and Cornelis x Making Morality DeWaal provided critical advice that helped bring this book to completion. I thank copyeditor George Roupe and the staff of Vanderbilt University Press for their great work in the editing and production process. I wish to thank the Philosophy Documentation Center, publisher of International Philosophical Quarterly, for permission to use parts of my article “The Normative Force of Genealogy in Ethics,” which originally appeared in volume 23, no. 145 (March 1997), in Chapter 5. My wife, Vivian Wagner, has continually challenged me to rethink what my philosophical practice means. For her honesty and shared commitment—and for the title of this book—I thank her. My children, William and Rose, four and two at the time of this writing, continue to teach me about shared learning. I thank them. ...


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