My greatest debt is to Nuel D. Belnap, Jr., the benevolent author
of BINDEX, the computer program that facilitated this project. Many
people, like Mary Rose and Yvonne Pittelkow of the Australian National
University, and Tim Chalmers, James Doyle, Steve Kennedy, Lawrence Kittinger,
Jimmy Lee, and Michael Rusk of San Jose State University, kindly lent computer
expertise. Charles Paul, of San Jose State University's Humanities
Department, helped me bring Descartes's French up to date. I want
to acknowledge some further debts which are perhaps more diffuse but are
surely as real. I am grateful for the confidence which Professor
John A. Passmore exhibited in my work, which enabled me to begin this project
under the pleasant auspices of the Department of Philosophy, RSSS, of the
Australian National University. My wife Karen Voss--not to mention
my daughters Juliet Arwen, Tamara Kathleen, Serenity Grace Esmeralda, and
Amarantha Sarah Persephone--found many and varied ways throughout to make
life a delight.
Thank you: I am grateful to you all.