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Who is Mark Dooley? Background, Career, Publications, Family

Who is Mark Dooley? Background, Career, Publications, Family 2

Mark Dooley Background

Mark Dooley (born January 12, 1970) is a philosopher, writer, and newspaper columnist from Ireland. He is the author of several books on continental philosophy, theology, and philosophy of religion, including The Politics of Exodus: Kierkegaard’s Ethics of Responsibility (2001), Roger Scruton: The Philosopher of Dover Beach (2009), and Why Be a Catholic?

Mark Dooley grew up in Dublin and went to Synge Street CBS. He majored in history and philosophy at University College Dublin (UCD), earning a BA in 1991 and an MA in philosophy in 1993. He received his doctorate in philosophy from UCD in 1997, with a thesis on Kierkegaard, which was published by Fordham University Press under the title The Politics of Exodus: Kierkegaard’s Ethics of Responsibility (2001). He was awarded a Hong Kierkegaard Fellowship at St Olaf College in Minnesota for his Kierkegaard research.



Dooley began teaching philosophy and theology at UCD in 1993, where he was a John Henry Newman Scholar in theology.

In 1998 and 1999, he was a visiting lecturer in philosophy at Maynooth University[1], and he returned as a lecturer between 2006 and 2011.

Dooley is a regular on Ireland’s national radio stations (RTÉ, Newstalk, and Today FM). Dooley has written for The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Sunday Independent, The Irish Examiner, Prospect Magazine, and The Dublin Magazine since 2002.

He wrote a foreign affairs column for the Sunday Independent from 2003 to 2006. This column focused on the Middle East conflict, the Iraq war, and the use of Ireland as a European base for radical Islamist activities. Dooley reported on the headquarters of several radical Islamic organizations in Ireland (the Muslim Brotherhood, the European Council for Fatwa and Research and the International Union of Muslim Scholars).


Mark Dooley has been a cultural and political columnist for the Irish Daily Mail since 2006.

He writes the ‘Moral Matters’ column for the paper on Wednesdays and occasional ‘Saturday Essays’.

Dooley resides in County Dublin with his wife and three children.

Mark Dooley Publications

  • 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; ISBN 978-0253214744), edited with Michael J. Scanlon and John D. Caputo.
  • A Passion for the Impossible: John D. Caputo in Focus (Albany: SUNY Press, 2003; ISBN 978-0791456880)
  • 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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