Edward F. Mooney

Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, Religion

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 On Søren Kierkegaard: Dialogue, Polemics, Lost Intimacy and Time (2007), and two 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 evokes the intersection of the poetic, the religious, and the philosophical in American writers; it came out in October 2009. Postcards Dropped in Flight 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 75 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.

For an insight into Dr. Mooney's work, please use this link to access an interview from 2012 on philosophy, literature and religion in The Vitalist. In addition, Dr. Mooney was recently interviewed in the Tehran Times regarding his new book on Kierkegaard.


  • 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