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A Moriarty Reader
A Moriarty Reader

Ed. Brendan O'Donoghue

ISBN: 9781843512684
Format: Hardback
Size: 241x164mm, 475pp
Publication Date: November 2012

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JOHN MORIARTY (1938-2007), Kerry-born poet, mystic and philosopher, has been hailed as one of the most original thinkers and writers to have emerged from Ireland in recent decades. Opening a way into John Moriarty’s complex work through Guo Xi’s painting Early Spring, this Reader reveals the extraordinary nature of Moriarty’s thought. It draws on key passages from Moriarty’s first publication, 'Dreamtime' (1994/2011), and progresses through his subsequent landmark books, 'The Turtle Trilogy' (1996–98), 'Nostos' (2001) and 'What the Curlew Said' (2007), weaving together the most seminal passages from each. 'A Moriary Reader' serves as an excellent introductory text for those unfamiliar with his writings and illuminates unacknowledged aspects of his thinking for those already familiar with his work. There is a Foreword by hospice movement founder Dr Michael Kearney, and a glossary, name and subject index provide interpretive keys to aspects of the work.                                

The Reader highlights Moriarty’s deft ability to challenge and bring into question habitual modes of Western thought and perception; his willingness and courage to act as a cultural shaman for Western humanity; his innovative philomythical and metanoetic search for wisdom and truth, and his astonishingly original interpretation of scripture. Bearing witness to his genius, this book reveals Moriarty to be one of Ireland’s and Europe’s most significant writers, an image-thinker of the highest rank, who warrants serious attention.

'A Moriarty Reader' encompasses a broad spectrum of historical cultures, but its focus on Moby-Dick (Pequod Culture) and Native American stories in particular will profoundly resonate with an international audience. Coheringaround the Daoist-inspired painting of the title, this work will set the tone for Moriarty’s panethnic adventure in philosophy, myth and religion.


BRENDAN O’DONOGHUE studied Philosophy and Economics in Maynooth, receiving an M.A in Philosophy from University College Dublin in 2001 before completing his doctorate on Martin Heidegger in 2007. He taught philosophy at University College Cork 2008–2010, and at the University of Edinburgh 2010–2011.

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