Meaning and Morality: Essays on the Philosophy of Julius Kovesi

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Alan Tapper, T. Brian Mooney
BRILL, Jul 5, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 222 pages
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Julius Kovesi's "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.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
MEMORIES OF JULIUS KOVESI
15
KOVESIS REFUTATION OF HUME
19
KOVESIS MORAL POINT OF VIEW
43
KOVESI CONNATURALITY AND THE METAPHYSICS AND EPISTEMOLOGY OF VIRTUES
59
MORAL NOTIONS AND ORIGINALITY AND SOME EXAMPLES REFLECTIONS ON KOVESI
85
WHATS MORALITY GOT TO DO WITH IT? MAKING THE RIGHT DISTINCTIONS1
107
MACINTYRE AND KOVESI ON THE NATURE OF MORAL CONCEPTS
123
KOVESI AND LEGAL REASONING
139
KOVESI AND SEARLE THINKING IN PARALLEL?
143
KOVESI ON NATURAL WORLD CONCEPTS AND THE THEORY OF MEANING
167
KOVESIS CONCEPTS AND PLATOS IDEAS
189
INDEX
219
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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.

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