Rev'd Dr
Riordan, SJ
Dean of Discipline and Fellow in Political Philosophy & Catholic Social Thought
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Patrick Riordan comes to Campion Hall from Heythrop College in London, where he was a lecturer teaching on philosophy, politics, and ethics. 

Riordan undertook studies in philosophy in Munich and Innsbruck. He was awarded a doctorate in philosophy by the University of Innsbruck in 1985 for a thesis entitled 'The Senses of Justice: A Critical Reconstruction of Justice-Talk in Practical Discourse.' His M.A. studies had been at the Hochschule für Philosophie, Munich, where he submitted a Masters thesis in 1981 entitled 'Das Entstehen des Geistes. Karl Rahner’s Theorie der Selbstüberbietung.'

At Heythrop Riordan taught undergraduates and graduates on a range of subjects, most recently with such classes as 'Marx and Marxism,' 'Introduction to Value,' and 'Ethical Issues for Today.' Riordan has published widely, with an emphasis on the common good and Catholic Social Teaching. 

Please see below for an up-to-date list of Dr Riordan's publications (2000-2017): 



  • Recovering Common Goods. Dublin: Veritas, 2017.
  • Philippine Common Goods: A Good Life for All. Davao: Ateneo de Davao University Press, 2016.
  • Global Ethics and Global Common Goods. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
  • A Grammar of the Common Good: Speaking of Globalization. London: Continuum, 2008.
  • Philosophical Perspectives on People Power. Naga: Ateneo de Naga University Press, 2001.


  • Words in Action: In Ten Thousand Places, edited by P. Riordan. The Institute Series 12. London: Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life, 2009.
  • Words in Action: Finding the Right Words, edited by P. Riordan. The Institute Series 11. London: Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life, 2008.
  • Words in Action: Speaking in Our Own Words, edited by P. Riordan. The Institute Series 10. London: Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life, 2008.
  • Values in Public Life: Aspects of Common Goodsedited by Patrick Riordan, Berlin-Münster London: LIT Verlag, 2007, in the series Studies in Religion, Ethics and Public Life.


  • ‘In Business for the Common Good’ in Understanding the Common Good. Theology and the Market Series, edited by Richard Turnbull, Oxford: The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics, 2017, pp. 32-37.
  • ‘The History and Principles of the Common Good’ in Reclaiming the Common Good: How Christians can help re-build our broken world, edited by Virginia Moffatt, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2017, pp. 11-26.
  • ‘Autonomy, Dignity, Human Rights: Correcting a Popular Error’ in Philosophy, Theology and the Jesuit Tradition: The Eye of Love, edited by Anna Abram, Peter Gallagher and Michael Kirwan, London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017, pp. 187-201.
  • ‘Human Solidarity in Need and Fulfilment: A Vision of Political Friendship’ in Solidarity Beyond Borders: Ethics in a Globalising World, edited by Janusz Salamon, London: Bloomsbury, 2015, pp. 65-82.
  • ‘Aristotle and the Politics of the Common Good Today’ in Together for the Common Good: Towards a National Conversation, edited by Nicholas Sagovsky and Peter McGrail, London: SCM Press, 2015, pp. 31-48.
  • ‘The Bangsamoro Basic Law, Aristotle, and the Common Good’ in Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Reviews, Commentaries, and Recommendations, edited by M. Tiu, Davao City: Ateneo de Davao University Publication Office, 2015, pp. 35-56.
  • ‘Retribution or Restorative Justice: A False Dichotomy’ in Re-Imagining Imprisonment in Europe. Effects, Failures and the Future. Edited by Eoin Carroll and Kevin Warner, Dublin: Liffey Press, 2014, pp. 144-159.
  • ‘Which Dignity, Which Religious Freedom?’ in Understanding Human Dignity. Edited by Christopher McCrudden, Oxford: The British Academy/Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 421-434.
  • ‘Europe’s Common Good: Ideas and Ideals’, in Is there a European Common Good?Edited by Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, Alexander Somek, and Doris Wydra, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2013, pp. 39-58.
  • ‘Public order: the embryo’, in An Irish Reader in Moral Theology. The Legacy of the Last Fifty Years. Vol. III: Medical and Bio Ethics. Edited by Enda McDonagh and Vincent MacNamara, Dublin: Columba Press, 2013, pp. 207-215, originally published as part of Chapter 5, A Politics of the Common Good(Dublin: IPA, 1996).
  • ‘The Language of Politics and the Language of the Cross’, in Talking of Conflict. Christian Reflections in the Context of Israel and Palestine. Edited by Jane Clements, Leicester: Matador, 2012, pp. 64-85.
  • ‘Human Happiness as a Common Good: Clarifying the Issues’, in The Practices of Happiness. Political Economy, Religion and Wellbeing. Edited by J. Atherton, Elaine Graham and Ian Steedman, London: Routledge, 2011, pp. 207-215.
  • ‘Condemning Greed? Catholic Perspectives’, in Greed. Edited by Alexis Brassey and Stephen Barber, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp. 123-142.
  • ‘Doing Business for the Common Good? Lessons from the Credit Crisis’, in Ethics in Economic Life: Challenges to a Globalizing World. Edited by Ivo de Gennaro, Josef Quitterer, Christian Smekal, Barbara Tasser, Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, 2009, pp. 101-113.
  • ‘Ethics Making Sense’ in An Irish Reader in Moral Theology. The Legacy of the Last Fifty Years. Vol. I: Foundations. Edited by Enda McDonagh and Vincent MacNamara, Dublin: Columba Press, 2009, pp. 277-284, originally published in Studies91 (2002) 7-14.
  • ‘Talk and Terror: The Value of Just-War Arguments in the Context of Terror’, in: Israel, Palestine and Terror. Edited by Stephen Law, London: Continuum, 2008, pp. 163-174.
  • ‘Five Ways of Relating Religion and Politics or Living in Two Worlds, Believer and Citizen’ in The New Visibility of Religion. Studies in Religion and Cultural Hermeneutics.Edited by Graham Ward and Michael Hoelzl, London: Continuum Press, 2008, pp. 30-44.
  • ‘Characteristics of Christian Ethics. A Catholic Perspective’, in A Catholic Shi’a Dialogue: Ethics in Today’s Society. Edited by Anthony O’Mahony, Timothy Wright and Mohammad Ali Shomali, London: Melisende, 2008, pp. 69-83.
  • ‘Invoking Common Goods: Challenging Self-Interested Individualism’, in Conference Papers: ‘Teaching Religious Ethics at University’Qom, Iran: 2008, pp. 85-107, (also in Farsi translation).
  • ‘Common Good or Selfish Greed?’ in Through the Eye of a Needle. Theological Conversations over Political Economy, edited by John Atherton & Hannah Skinner, Peterborough: Epworth, 2007, pp. 35-49.
  • ‘World-Views Clashing? The Possibilities of Dialogue’ in Cultures.Conflict – Analysis – Dialogue. Proceedings of the 29. International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria 2006. Edited by Christian Kanzian & Edmund Runggaldier, Frankfurt/Paris/Ebikon/Lancaster: ontos verlag, 2007, pp. 373-84.
  • ‘Faith and Reason in the Catholic Tradition’ in A Catholic Shi΄a Engagement. Faith and Reason in Theory and Practice, edited by Anthony O’Mahony, Wulstan Peterburs and Mohammad Ali Shomali, London: Melisende, 2006, 50-68.
  • ‘The Common Good of a Pluralist Society’ in Social Policy in Ireland. Principles, Practice and Problems, revised and updated edition, edited by Sean Healy, Brigid Reynolds and Micheál Collins, Dublin: The Liffey Press, 2006, pp. 47-64.
  • Chapter 5: Political Philosophy, in Philosophy for AS and A2, edited by Elizabeth Burns and Stephen Law, London: Routledge, 2004.
  • ‘Punishment in Ireland: Can We Talk About It?’ in Criminal Justice in Ireland, edited by Paul O’Mahony, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2002, pp. 558-569.
  • ‘Dolphins and the Good Life. A Philosophical Challenge to the University’, in Beyond the Ivory Tower.The University in the New Millennium,edited by Angela Hoey-Heffron and James Heffron, Convocation of The National University of Ireland, Cork: Mercier Press, 2001, pp. 9-17.


  • ‘The Crisis of Democracy: Practice and Theory’ in Studies. An Irish Quarterly Review(106) 298-307.
  • ‘Review Article: Politics of the Person as the Politics of Being’ in Studies. An Irish Quarterly Review(106) 103-112.
  • ‘Freedom of Expression, No Matter What?’ in Studies. An Irish Quarterly Review(105) 159-168.
  • ‘Living Faithfully In and With the Secular’ in Tambara: A Journal on the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ateneo de Davao University, 32.2 (2015) 1-24.
  • ‘Is it Paternalistic for the Church to Specify the Purpose of the State’ in Milltown Studies(75) 1-25.
  • ‘Neither Theocracy nor Civil Religion Can Serve the Common Good’ in Orientalia et Occidentalia. Košice, Slovakia, 18 (2015) 9-26.
  • ‘The Common Good in Global Perspective’ in Tambara: A Journal on the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ateneo de Davao University, 31.2 (2014) 1-18.
  • ‘The Purpose of the Law: The Case of Same-sex Marriage’ in Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review103 (2014) 10-19.
  • ‘The Crisis of the University Today’ in Milltown Studies72 (2013) 15-29.
  • ‘The Enigma of Capitalism: Can We Make it Any Better?’ in Gregorianum94/4 (2013) 707-725.
  • ‘Irish Experiments in Living’ in Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review102 (2013) 149-158.
  • ‘A Blessed Rage for the Common Good’ in Irish Theological Quarterly76 (2011) 3-19.
  • ‘Natural Law Revivals: A Review of Recent Literature’ in The Heythrop Journal51 (2010) 314-323.
  • ‘Paul, Citizen of Tarsus, Political Actor’, in Pavol z Tarzu. Jeho Odkaz vo Filozofii, Spiritualite a Umení. Edited by Šimon Marinčák, Orientalia et OccidentaliaVol. 5, Košice, Slovakia: Centrum spirituality Východ, 2009, pp. 31-46.
  • ‘Religious Experience in Lonergan’s System’ in Zeitschrift für katholische Theologie131 (2009) 441-457.
  • ‘Europe’s Common Good: The Contribution of the Catholic Church’, in Religion: Problem or Promise? The Role of Religion in the Integration of Europe. Edited by Šimon Marinčák, Orientalia et OccidentaliaVol.4, Košice, Slovakia: Centrum spirituality Východ, 2009, pp. 279-294.
  • ‘Refugee Rights and Refugee Problems’ in The Institute Series 4: Rights and Refugees. London: Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life, 2007, 25-38.
  • ‘Permission to Speak: Religious Arguments in Public Reason’ in Heythrop JournalXLV (2004) 178-96.
  • ‘New Prospects for Citizenship: Civil Society and Civic Republicanism’ in Administration51 (2003/4) 47-61.
  • ‘Citizenship: Burden or Challenge?’ in Administration51 (2003) 58-72.
  • ‘The Common Good and the Ethics of Public Service’, Gibón Ateneo de Naga University Journal, Inaugural issue (2001) 1-21
  • ‘People Power and the Limits of Legal Reasoning’, inBudhi. A Journal of Ideas and Culture. Ateneo de Manila University 5 (2001) 53-84