Roger Scruton

A Thing Called Civilization

By |2019-09-25T21:16:07-05:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Roger Scruton, Western Civilization|

On September 19, 2019, at the fourteenth annual Gala for Western Civilization, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute presented Sir Roger Scruton with the Defender of Western Civilization award. Sir Roger gave these remarks on accepting the award. It is a great honor to be named Defender of Western Civilization for the year 2019 by ISI, an [...]

The Honorable Roger Scruton and His Enemies

By |2019-05-15T23:14:50-05:00May 15th, 2019|Categories: Books, Civil Society, Conservatism, Roger Scruton, Western Civilization|

I know of no more comprehensive and reflective summary of conservatism than Sir Roger Scruton's "Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition." We should not expect conservative establishmentarians on either side of the Atlantic to pay it much heed, though, for the author has now been pushed into the ranks of the untouchables. Conservatism: An [...]

The Iconoclasm and Profanity of Roger Scruton’s Sacking

By |2019-05-03T10:08:53-05:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, England, Free Speech, Paul Krause, Roger Scruton|

The impetuous call to sack Roger Scruton shows those who clamored for the blade of the guillotine to fall on his head for what they are. His sacking also shows the concerted effort to demonize and silence anyone outside the public orthodoxy of thought... Sir Roger Scruton is one of the preeminent conservative intellectuals in [...]

Sacred Truths in a Profane World

By |2019-05-30T11:27:31-05:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Homosexual Unions, Islam, Marriage, Religion, Roger Scruton, Truth|

One after another, the sacred spaces that our customs have protected are invaded and spoiled. That which has been assumed to be unquestionable, indeed protected from the questions that might profane it, is for that very reason subjected to question... In America and across Europe, the business of government has been detached from religious faith. This [...]

The Closing of the Western Mind

By |2018-01-20T00:36:35-05:00January 19th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Culture War, Freedom, History, Modernity, Richard Weaver, Roger Scruton, The Conservative Mind|

Allan Bloom’s diagnosis in The Closing of the American Mind can explain far more about the sorry state of American higher education and the Western condition than popular stories that blame the Enlightenment, or democracy, or medieval nominalism. And it is therefore a valuable starting point… Last year marked the thirtieth anniversary of Allan [...]

Coming Home: Why Conservatism Appeals to Young People

By |2019-02-07T12:40:13-05:00December 31st, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Marriage, Politics, Roger Scruton, Tradition, Why I Am a Conservative|

Conservatism is in many ways a philosophy of belonging. It appeals to the nation as a communal home, a vessel for culture, language, custom, tradition and all the vestiges of identity garnered from generations of shared history… Recent discussions about conservatism have wondered how it can appeal to young people. These discussions necessarily emphasize [...]

Frederic Manning’s “Her Privates We”: A Mystery of the Great War

By |2017-12-23T01:05:58-05:00December 22nd, 2017|Categories: History, Literature, Roger Scruton, War, World War I|

Neither a pacifist’s nor a militant’s novel, Her Privates We is praiseworthy both for its unforgettable characters and for its compelling, if necessarily tentative, exploration of this mystery of personhood under extreme pressure… Her Privates We by Frederic Manning (272 pages, Serpent’s Tail, 1999) Almost everyone enjoys a good detective story, and Her Privates We [...]

Coming Home in “Scrutopia”: A Happy Week With Roger Scruton

By |2017-09-20T22:19:20-05:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Education, England, Religion, Roger Scruton|

According to Roger Scruton, traditions and attachments to place and home are precious as they give order and meaning to life. They fill a basic human need. Once destroyed, they cannot be brought back… G.K. Chesterton famously wrote “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at [...]

The Threat of Free Speech in the University

By |2019-03-05T13:29:24-05:00September 4th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Education, Featured, Free Speech, Modernity, Roger Scruton|

If a university stands for anything, surely it stands for that idea of truth, as a guiding light in our darkness and the source of real knowledge… Free speech in a university is a very different thing from free speech in Congress or Parliament, freedom of the press, or free speech in the street. Each [...]

The Godless City: Until Buildings Have Faces

By |2019-09-12T11:29:47-05:00June 5th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Art, Books, Christianity, Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Roger Scruton|

When the modern city enshrines the temporariness of facelessness as a permanently utilitarian way of life, then something has gone dreadfully wrong… The Aesthetics of Architecture by Roger Scruton (Princeton University Press, 2013) One of the principal observations of Sir Roger Scruton about the modern city is an architectural observation. Modern architecture expresses the [...]

Roger Scruton on Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism

By |2017-05-19T09:20:45-05:00May 18th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Art, Beauty, Books, Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Modernity, Roger Scruton|

Without defending the citadel of the mind, how can we build a beautiful city? Without the conviction of true propositions, whence do we think beauty will come?… In Conversations with Roger Scruton (2016), Mark Dooley engages in a fascinating book-length interview with the famous English philosopher. While best known academically for unfashionable arguments on [...]

The Virtue of Irrelevance

By |2017-04-13T12:10:32-05:00February 24th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Education, Featured, Music, Philosophy, Roger Scruton|

The old curriculum, with its emphasis on hard mathematics, dead languages, ancient history, and classical music, is often portrayed today as “irrelevant,” an offense to modern children, a way of belittling their world and their hopes for the future… How many writers, educators, and opinion formers, urgently wishing to convey the thoughts and feelings [...]

The Social Message of Social Media

By |2018-10-29T16:35:34-05:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: Books, Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Philosophy, Roger Scruton, Technology, Virgil|

In the first chapter of Understanding Media (1964), called “The Medium is the Message,” Marshall McLuhan begins the book by explaining his most famous aphorism. Over time, the proposition has acquired the status of a cliché, such that its original meaning and intent can become obscured. But as W. Terrence Gordon, the editor of the [...]