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MORAL MATTERS:
A Philosophy of Homecoming

Mark Dooley

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MORAL MATTERS: A Philosophy of Homecoming

by Mark Dooley

Bloomsbury, Sydney
ISBN: 9781472526151
Hardcover: 232 pages

Price: AUD$39.99

About the book

Moral Matters: A Philosophy of Homecoming is Mark Dooley's attempt to offer an alternative to “Cyberia”. It is a book about home, memory and identity. At a time when people are rapidly disengaging from those forms of life which once bound them together, it can be argued that our happiness depends on saving and conserving them. We cannot flourish in isolation or by detaching from the social sphere which surrounds us. We cannot truly prosper or progress if we choose to forget where we came from or if we dismiss our inherited moral wisdom. And yet, in opting for loss, separation and homelessness, it seems we have done just that. We have opted for a rootless existence where alienation and amnesia are the norm. This powerful and passionate book shows how the alienated, 'postmodern' self can become re-rooted to time and place and restored to full humanity and happiness whilst moving in a virtual, hyperconnected world. In caring for creation, conserving culture and saving the sacred we can once again make our home in the world and experience the consolation of moving from loss to love.

Table of contents

Introduction: From loss to love
1 Homesickness
2 Playing with our toys
3 Dealing with the dead
4 A work of love
5 Fantasies of freedom
6 The law of the home
7 Caring for creation
8 Conserving culture
9 Saving the sacred
Conclusion: Homecoming

About the author

Mark Dooley has held lectureships at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and at University College Dublin where he was John Henry Newman Scholar of Theology. From 2003-06, he wrote a controversial column on foreign affairs for the Sunday Independent. Since 2006, he has written for the Irish Daily Mail. Dooley is also a regular broadcaster on Irish radio and television; and has served as a political speech writer. He is author of The Politics of Exodus: Kierkegaard's Ethics of Responsibility (2001), The Philosophy of Derrida (2007), and Roger Scruton: The Philosopher on Dover Beach (2009). He is editor of Questioning Ethics (1999), Questioning God (2001), A Passion for the Impossible (2003), and The Roger Scruton Reader (2009).


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