Roger Scruton

Why Beauty Matters

By |2020-01-13T11:38:19-06:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Beauty, Roger Scruton|

"The sacred and the beautiful stand side by side. Two doors that open onto a single space. In that space we find our home."—Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020). Please watch this brilliant, classic documentary by the late Sir Roger Scruton on "Why Beauty Matters." —The editors This essay in our series of “Timeless Essays” [...]

Sir Roger Scruton: In Memoriam

By |2020-01-12T15:56:47-06:00January 12th, 2020|Categories: Paul Krause, Roger Scruton, Western Civilization|

Sir Roger Scruton, the prolific British philosopher and writer, died on January 12, 2020, after a six-month battle with cancer. A renowned intellectual whose interests and commentary covered political philosophy, aesthetics, and religion, Sir Roger was more than just a man who covered many topics with penetrating insight and erudition; he was, to me, a [...]

The Last Speech: “A Thing Called Civilization”

By |2020-01-12T15:54:16-06:00January 12th, 2020|Categories: Roger Scruton, Timeless Essays, 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. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer, the disease that would bring about his death on January 12, 2020. [...]

A Thing Called Civilization

By |2020-01-12T14:15:15-06:00September 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. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer, the disease that would bring about his death on January 12, 2020. [...]

The Honorable Roger Scruton and His Enemies

By |2019-05-15T23:14:50-06:00May 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 |2019-05-03T10:08:53-06:00May 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 [...]

Counterpoint and Why It Matters

By |2020-01-13T14:38:09-06:00January 9th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Modernity, Music, Roger Scruton, Western Tradition|

In music, there has arisen in recent times the illusion that knowledge is not necessary, that the old forms of discipline are merely obstacles to the true creative process, and that real originality means doing your own thing, free from traditional constraints… I recently acquired a CD of music for piano duo by Jeremy [...]

The Problem With Architectural “Genius”

By |2020-01-13T15:04:41-06:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Architecture, Culture, Modernity, Roger Scruton|

The pursuit of genius in architecture is what has most contributed to the unstitching of our urban fabric, giving us those buildings in outlandish shapes and unsightly materials that take a chunk of the city and make it into somewhere else... Cooper Union New Academic Building For the truly great projects, architects are [...]

Sacred Truths in a Profane World

By |2019-05-30T11:27:31-06:00July 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 |2018-01-20T00:36:35-06:00January 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 |2019-02-07T12:40:13-06:00December 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 |2017-12-23T01:05:58-06:00December 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 |2020-01-14T00:57:12-06:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Education, England, Religion, Roger Scruton|

According to Sir 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 [...]