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Edward F. Mooney

Edward F. Mooney

Professor Emeritus, Philosophy

501 Hall of Languages

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Mooney teaches courses in the Religion and Philosophy Departments, relying on authors as diverse as Kierkegaard, Cavell, Nussbaum, Lao Tzu, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Heidegger, Thoreau, and Iris Murdoch. His writings include Excursions with Thoreau: Philosophy, Poetry, Religion (Bloomsbury, 2015), Melville, Kierkegaard, Truth, and Other Grave Matters, On Søren Kierkegaard: Dialogue, Polemics, Lost Intimacy and Time (Ashgate, 2007), and three other books on Kierkegaard, a figure who defines for him the vital intersection of religion, philosophy, and literature. Lost Intimacy in American Thought: Recovering Personal Philosophy from Thoreau to Cavell (Continuum, 2009) evokes the intersection of the poetic, the religious, and the philosophical in American writers; it came out in October 2009. Postcards Dropped in Flight (Codhill Press, 2010) is a set of lyrical meditations on birds, water, and the soul. He has inherited the philosophical papers of the Thoreauvian philosopher Henry Bugbee, and edited a collection of essays on his thought. He has published a bit over 100 chapters, articles, and reviews on a variety of topics including ethics, love, faith, prayer, objectivity, and feminism. He enjoys teaching undergraduates and enjoys working with graduates on their theses and dissertations.


REL 191 Religion, Meaning and Knowledge
REL 396 Mysticism

PHI 325 Existentialism
REL 600 Thoreau as a Religious Philosopher, Seminar
REL 600 Affliction: Dostoevsky/Levinas, Seminar
REL 600 Death and Authenticity, Seminar


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, UC, Santa Barbara (1968); B.A., Philosophy, Oberlin College (1962)


  • Professor, Departments of Religion and Philosophy, Syracuse University, 2002-present; Professor of Philosophy, Sonoma State University, 1975-2002


Lost Intimacy Lost Intimacy in American Thought: Recovering Personal Philosophy from Thoreau to Cavell
Continuum Books, 2009.
Repetition Kierkegaard's Repetition and Philosophical Crumbs
Editor and Introduction, Oxford World Classis, 2009.
On Soren On Soren Kierkegaard: Polemics, Dialogue, Lost Intimacy and Time
Ashgate, 2007.
Ethics Ethics, Love, and Faith in Kierkegaard: A Philosophical Engagement
Editor, Indiana University Press, 2008.
Postcards Postcards Dropped in Flight
Codhill Press, 2006.
Wilderness Wilderness and the Heart: Henry Bugbee's Philosophy of Place, Presence, and Memory
Editor. Foreword by Alasdair MacIntyre, U of Georgia Press, 1999.
Discord Selves in Discord and Resolve: Kierkegaard's Moral-Religious Psychology from Either/Or to Sickness Unto Death
Routledge, 1996.
Knights Knights of Faith and Resignation: Reading Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling
State University of New York Press, 1991.

Recent Papers

Numbers 1-17 are for The Utrecht Seminar, Kierkegaard Summer Fellows, St. Olaf, July ’10: