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Mark Dooley


Welcome to my website!

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.  


 View Moral Matters: A Philosophy of Homecoming and all my works by hitting the ‘Books’ tab above

  • Here are details of my latest articles, books, & recent public appearances

*I shall give a keynote address to an online conference: Tradition and Change: Scruton’s Philosophy, run by the University of Silesia in Katowice at 3pm GMT (4pm CET) on Friday, January 22, 2021.  My lecture ‘Main Currents of Scruton’s Philosophy’ will be streamed live.  To register, please click here

*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 shall be leading 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.  Dates and registration details to follow.

* 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 Best Of Benedict – An Irish Perspective

* My essay ‘The Voice of History: Roger Scruton on the Meaning of Monarchy’, will appear in Carolina Armentros (ed.) The Making of Modern European Monarchy (Bloomsbury) in 2021.

* I led a discussion of my book Conversations with Roger Scruton online at the Scrutopia Book Club on Friday, October 23, 2020

On Roger Scruton and more, More Christ podcast, September 19, 2020

‘Society’s response to Covid’, Spirit Radio, September 17, 2020

Society’s response to Covid

‘Before & After Scruton’ in The European Conservative, Summer/Fall 2020, No. 17: 98-102.

Before & After Scruton

‘A Philosophical perspective on the wearing of face masks to combat Covid 19’, Spirit Radio, June 17, 2020

A philosophical perspective on the wearing of face coverings to combat COVID-19

‘Sir Roger Scruton: The Philosopher’s Mind at its End’ in The Critic, February 12, 2020 Here

‘A Philosophical Approach to Voting’, Spirit Radio, January 31, 2020 –

Fri 31 Jan feat’ Dr Mark Dooley, Eamon Ryan, Leah Wallace, Annmarie Bowring

‘A Christian-Philosophical Approach to the Climate Emergency’, Spirit Radio, November 20, 2019 

‘That this House would rather Believe’, Garret Fitzgerald Chamber, University College Dublin, 15.10.2019

‘The Poison of Negativity’, Spirit Radio, August 21, 2019 – 

‘What Roger Scruton can teach his detractors’, The Spectator, 30.4.2019

La fin de la democratie?’ in Les Democratie dans l’adversite, Chantal Delsol & Giulio de Ligio eds. (Cerf, 2019), pp. 117-130.

‘Burke, Prophet of Peace’ in The European Conservative, Issue 15: Summer/Fall 2018, pp. 26-29 (

  • And here is a topical piece from my archive:

Moral Matters, Irish Daily Mail

December 9, 2015

Take the time to send Christmas cards… they are a gesture of love

I have retained so many of them, so many memories wrapped in yuletide joy. As they fly through the letterbox, there is a scramble to see who they are from. In a world of instant
communication, where people rarely commit anything to paper, the Christmas card is a towering symbol of real communion. Sending a Christmas card involves effort and time, neither of which we have in abundance. What makes them so special nowadays is that
people make the effort to do something that could easily be done by text. Except, of course, that a text costs virtually nothing, demands no effort and can be deleted in an instant. Writing a card requires a certain ritual, one that few of us still practice. It demands selecting and purchasing your cards, boiling the kettle and, over a hot brew, carefully crafting your sentiments. You don’t have…Read More

Before & After Scruton

That we choose music and wine to wrap a halo around the day is not arbitrary. Both root us to time and place, to the soil and the soul. Both force us to focus on the higher life.~Mark DooleySource: Moral Matters, 1.10.2014