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Mark Dooley (born 12 January 1970) is an Irish philosopher, writer and newspaper columnist. A specialist in continental philosophy, theology and the philosophy of religion, he is the author of several books, including The Politics of Exodus: Kierkegaard's Ethics of Responsibility (2001), Roger Scruton: The Philosopher of Dover Beach (2009), and Why Be a Catholic? (2011).

Dooley has been a guest on Irish radio and has written for several newspapers, including The Irish Times, and the Daily Mail.

Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton. The Philosopher of Dover Beach (2009) offers the first synoptic analysis of Roger Scruton’s philosophical thought. In the book, Dooley brings out the core ideas contained in 40 books written by Scruton over four decades, and provides the philosophical background to understand their genesis and their articulation. The composition of the book is pedagogic in that each chapter builds on the concepts laid in the previous one. The different chapters of this book then explore the genealogy of Scruton’s thought and the various themes running through his works: personhood, sex and the sacred; aesthetics; Scruton’s conservatism and its economic, legal and environmental implications; and the defence of the nation state in the face of liberal internationalism.

The Roger Scruton Reader, its companion volume, is a collection of texts by Scruton which Dooley selected, edited and introduced. They are grouped into the following categories: conservatism, the nation, sex and the sacred, culture, and one Dooley calls 'homecomings' and which contains texts on conserving nature, the philosophy of wine, and hunting. The volume also includes a previously unpublished article by Scruton about architecture entitled "Classicism Now."

In Conversations with Roger Scruton, published by Bloomsbury in 2016, Dooley sheds new light on hitherto overlooked areas of Scruton's life and thought.


  • Questioning Ethics: Contemporary Debates in Philosophy (London: Routledge, 1999), co-edited with Richard Kearney
  • The Politics of Exodus: Kierkegaard's Ethics of Responsibility (Fordham University Press, 2001)
  • Questioning God (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001; Template:ISBN), edited with Michael J. Scanlon and John D. Caputo.
  • A Passion for the Impossible: John D. Caputo in Focus (Albany: SUNY Press, 2003; Template:ISBN)
  • Jacques Derrida, On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness (2001), translated with Michael Hughes
  • The Philosophy of Derrida (London: Acumen Press, 2006; Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007), co-authored with Liam Kavanagh
  • Roger Scruton: The Philosopher of Dover Beach (London & New York: Continuum, 2009)
  • The Roger Scruton Reader (London & New York: Continuum, 2009)
  • Why Be a Catholic? (London & New York: Continuum, 2011)
  • Moral Matters. A Philosophy of Homecoming (London & New York: Bloomsbury, 2015)
  • Conversations with Roger Scruton (London & New York: Bloomsbury, 2016)

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