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About the Author
Lewis Vaughn is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Chris MacDonald is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.
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