I am grateful to the following people for their thoughtful contributions to Beyond Legal Minds. I am indebted to Bram Oudenampsen for his editorial support with Brill. I thank my former colleagues, Prof. Dimitar Elchinov, who edited this work, and my mentor, Judge Vincent Luizzi.
I am appreciative of the friendly receptiveness of the Philosophy and Philology Faculty at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany since 2004. I am very appreciative of the teachings of Professors Thomas Metzinger in Mainz and Stephan Grotz, currently at the Catholic Private University of Linz, for their courses on neuroethics and the concept of possibility. I am appreciative of the suggestion to incorporate the concept of lex imperfecta by apl-Professor Gerhard Horsmann in Mainz. I thank Ulli Haus for his suggestions on readability. I thank Jan Kohlstrung for his insights on biology. I thank Dr. Marcus Nabielek for moral support and insights on twentieth century German philosophy. I am thankful for my conversations with Charlie Jacobs in Kunming, China on the issue of slavery. I thank Phil Post in Foshan, China for his insights on the concept of theft in the closing chapter. I am thankful for interpretations, translations, primary and secondary research of Yawen Cheng in the Sichuan province of China. I thank James Baraldi for his insights. I give a special thanks to Rex Kozak for his interview with me about the famous class sessions in 1968 he experienced under the innovative teachings of Jane Elliot, inspired by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I thank Prof. Rebecca Raphael for her encouragement and invitation to the naturalization ceremony of Rwandan hero, Paul Rusesabagina. I thank the former United States Ambassador to Burundi, Robert Krueger, who served during the genocide, for his insightful presentations at Texas State University and in New Braunfels. I appreciate former Justice David M. Medina for his insights on privileges in the legal institution and his role as a guest lecturer for a course I taught at Texas State University. I thank Professors Paul Hart, Cyrus Cassells and Dwight Watson at Texas State University. I am grateful for the support from the Department of Philosophy at Texas State University-San Marcos, especially from Professors Craig Hanks, Gilbert Fulmer and Dean Geuras. I thank Prof. Daniel Baker, Christopher “Twister” Marquis, and Jay Koltermann for their support in San Marcos. I thank Associate Provost Timothy Hulsey at the University of Tennessee.
I am grateful for the ideas in sociology and philosophy shared by Prof. Alexander Gungov and ideas in epistemology and theory of mind shared by Prof. Aneta Karageorgieva at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria. I
Special thanks are necessary for my brother-in-law, Sam Feagins, my sister, our parents, step-parents, and grandmothers in Texas who I visited periodically between my years of living in Germany, China, Colombia, Bulgaria and Mexico, the places I wrote this book. All these people have had deep impacts on the creation of this book. Thank you all.
William A. Brant