Moral Notions (1967) was a startlingly original contribution to moral philosophy and theory of meaning. After initial positive reviews Kovesi's book was largely forgotten. Nevertheless, it continued to have an enduring influence on a number of philosophers and theologians some of whom have contributed to this volume. The original essays collected here critique, analyze, deepen and extend the work of Kovesi. The book will be of particular interest to moral philosophers and those working on concept formation, while also having a broader appeal to social scientists grappling with the description/evaluation problem.
Alan Tapper, Ph.D. (1987) in Philosophy, University of Western Australia, is Research Fellow, John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University. He has published on 18th Century philosophy, moral philosophy, and social policy.
T. Brian Mooney Ph.D. (1993) in Philosophy, La Trobe University, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Singapore Management University. He is the author of 7 books and over 40 articles in Moral Philosophy, Ancient, Mediaeval and Contemporary Philosophy.
This book will be of interest to moral philosophers; those with intellectual interests in concepts and concept formation; and more broadly to social scientists seeking understanding of problems of the decription/evaluation dichotomy.