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Nathanael Stein
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University

Nathanael Stein is associate professor in the department of philosophy at Florida State University. His work has been published in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, among others. 

Written by Nathanael Stein

The why of reality

What makes a dinosaur real, but a unicorn unreal? Does philosophy even pretend to know how to answer a child’s questions?

Nathanael Stein