Here, you will find details of my Career and Life, Books, and Media & Public Appearances. I also make available a substantial collection of my journalistic writings. At the bottom of this page, I have selected a quote from these writings in the hope that it will help you kick off your day on a contemplative, thought-provoking, but always life-affirming note. Since 2021, I am a Contributing Editor to the European Conservative magazine, the online edition of which you can view at https://europeanconservative.com/
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*My latest column in The European Conservative print edition is entitled ‘Art Cannot Substitute for Religion’ (Issue 26, Spring 2023, pp. 22-25). See https://europeanconservative.com/ For those not subscribed, please get in touch and we’ll email you a copy of the piece.
*I shall be giving a lecture on ‘How Europe Lost its Way: Sir Roger Scruton and the “False Europe”, as part of The Skellig Lecture Series 2023. For details of this and the full list of lectures see https://www.skellig-arp.org/
* My essay ‘Main Currents in Roger Scruton’s Philosophy’ has just appeared in a fine volume edited by Piotr Wroblewski: Tradition and Change: Scruton’s Philosophy and its Meaning for Contemporary Europe (Warszawa 2022).
* I contributed an essay entitled: ‘The coffin in which they imagine God’s corpse to lie: Roger Scruton and the Problem of Atheism’, to Local Culture (Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 2022), the current edition of which is dedicated to Scruton. https://www.frontporchrepublic.com
*April 2022: Douglas Murray’s review of Against the Tide in The New Criterion can be read Here
* February 7: I was in conversation with Fisher Derderian of The Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation on the subject of my latest book Against the Tide: The Best of Roger Scruton’s Columns, Commentaries and Criticism.
* Against the Tide: The Best of Roger Scruton’s Columns, Commentaries and Criticism was released on January 20, 2022.
* Read some of my recent articles for The European Conservative magazine below:
* A beautifully produced Czech translation of my book Conversations With Roger Scruton was published in September, 2021. It can be viewed and purchased here
* Below is a video interview I gave to Chris Missick’s VitiCulture Podcast on Roger Scruton, wine, conservation and belonging
* Below is a recent video interview that I gave on the newly published Finnish translation of Roger Scruton’s The Need for Nations
*I gave an online series of four lectures on The Conservative Hegel for the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation during the month of March 2021. Each lecture can be viewed here.
* I led a reading of Roger Scruton’s Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left, for the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation during the month of February 2021. Videos of the sessions can be viewed here.
*I gave a keynote address to an online conference: Tradition and Change: Scruton’s Philosophy, run by the University of Silesia in Katowice on Friday, January 22, 2021. My lecture ‘Main Currents of Scruton’s Philosophy’ can be viewed below:
*I published a piece entitled ‘Roger Scruton was no atheist’ in The Critic on the first anniversary of Sir Roger’s death (12.1.2021). You can read it here
*I gave an opening reflection at the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation’s Remembering Roger Scruton online event to mark the first anniversary of Roger’s passing. The event was streamed live on Tuesday, January 12. View my comments and the opening session on Scruton and Eastern Europe here:
* My new book The Last Word: Roger Scruton’s Timely Tracts (Journalism 1971-2019) will appear with Bloomsbury in February 2022. More details to follow.
* I wrote a short reflection on Roger Scruton as “Man of Letters” for the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation which you can read Here
* I have just published an essay entitled ‘Benedict XVI: Beauty as a Doorway to the Sacred’ in Dualta Roughneen (ed.), The Best of Benedict: An Irish Perspective (One on One Press, 2020). The book is available here:
The gentle breeze blows and you close your eyes. The sun is warm and the days are long. The world is still except for the sound of nature’s symphony. You have so much to do, so much that needs tending. There is the morning mess – don’t we all have to deal with that? Yes, but this is summer so the mess can wait. School’s out and the children are squeezing joy from of every second. Can’t you hear them giggling as they perfect their mischief making? Is this a sound of summer too? No doubt they will add to the mess, but time will take care of that. Time: a summer luxury that allows you to excel at doing nothing. But how can you do nothing? Aren’t we always doing something, even if it is only sitting here savouring the silence? Perhaps it means opting out of the fast lane for a while. Perhaps it simply means slowing down to catch a breath. Nature neither speeds up nor slows down. You hear a buzz by your ear, a bee at work in the shrubs. No deadlines, targets or goals, just a gentle rhythm that gets the job done. Bees don’t take vacations…
[Trees] are a symbol of our settlement and our belief in belonging. They represent our attachment to this place we call home, one we are happy to share with ‘the birds of the air’. What’s more, trees are a natural calendar. Not only do they signify the seasons through their physical changes, but trees also tell us much about the history of the places where they stand. They serve as a living link to absent generations, those who first claimed the soil as their own. ~Mark DooleySource: Moral Matters, 26.2.2014