Roger Scruton

Welcome to my website, which is a guide to my professional life as a writer and philosopher. My CV provides detailed information concerning my career.

In 2015 I published two books, The Disappeared and later in the autumn, Fools Frauds and Firebrands. The Disappeared, published by Bloomsbury, has received wonderful reviews and you can read them in the reviews section. One I particularly like is from Douglas Murray at The Spectator. ‘It's a gripping, disturbing narrative dealing with abduction and abuse but also love, escape and a type of redemption’. It is about England, now.

This year, 2016, I have again published two books, Confessions of A Heretic (a collection of essays) and more recently, The Ring of Truth about Wagner’s Ring cycle.

Fools Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left was released on October 8th, coinciding with (though not necessarily causing) the rise of Jeremy Corbyn to become leader of the Labour party. I was consequently promoted to the post of expert on the Corbyn question, being invited to make contributions to The Times, The Observer and The Spectator. Fools, Frauds and Firebrands is an update of Thinkers of the New Left published, to widespread outrage, in 1986. It includes new chapters covering the Parisian nonsense machine – Lacan, Deleuze and Badiou – and some timely thoughts about the historians and social thinkers who led British intellectuals up the garden path during the last decades, including Eric Hobsbawm and Ralph Miliband. All in all a shocking performance, but so far comparatively mildly reviewed.

Notes from Underground, my novel chosen by Ray Tallis as book of the year 2014 in the TLS, has received the bronze award in the Suspense/Thriller category in last year’s IPPY awards. I was also delighted to hear that it was nominated for the IMPAC awards. It has also been translated into Czech and was launched in Prague, during the Forum 2000 conference in September of 2015.

Recent broadcasts have occurred on the BBC's Point of View programme, covering The Ring of the Nibelung, How Should we Build?, A petition against petitions and democracy after Brexit. Podcasts are available on the BBC website.

On Friday 25th November, the investiture ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace and I was knighted by the Prince of Wales. CyODkdcWEAAbgfJ 

 

Latest Articles

Populism, VII: Representation & the people. The New Criterion Mar 17

Looking back over the events of 2016, liberal-minded commentators are apt to sound a warning against “populism,” a disorder that they observe everywhere on the right of the political spectrum....

The Russian way of lying. Spectator Life Mar 17

Perhaps the most famous paradox discovered by the Greek philosophers is that of ‘the liar’. A Cretan says that all Cretans are liars: if what he says is true, then...

Podcast with John J Miller - On Human Nature

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, John J Miller,  Roger explains how his short volume differs from Edward O. Wilson’s influential book of the same name, whether human nature...

If We Are Not Just Animals, What Are We? New York Times March 17

Philosophers and theologians in the Christian tradition have regarded human beings as distinguished from the other animals by the presence within them of a divine spark. This inner source of...

Recent Books

The Ring of Truth

The Ring of Truth

Penguin Books (June 2016) Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times, and has fascinated both critics and devotees for...

Confessions of a Heretic

Confessions of a Heretic

Notting Hill Editions (March 2016) Twelve hard-hitting essays arising from a decade of engagement with the public culture of Britain and America that touch on matters of concern to all...

On Human Nature

On Human Nature

Princeton University Press (February 2017) In this short book, acclaimed writer and philosopher Roger Scruton presents an original and radical defense of human uniqueness. Confronting the views of evolutionary psychologists,...

2017 Events

30 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Simon Blackburn

3 April - 'The Achievements of Roger Scruton' James Madison Programme, Princeton University

4 April - US publication of Confessions of a Heretic

5 April - Collegium Insitution Luncheon Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania

6 April - 'Virtue & The Arts- The Wheatley Institute, Utah

3 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Sebastian Gardner

17 May - 'Literature Matters' Bloomsbury Institute panel discussion

18 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Anthony O'Hear

22-28 May - Paris

1-3 June - Brain Bar Festival, Budapest

8 June - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Robert Grant

6 July - Graduation Talk, Kings School, Chester

30 July - 8 Aug - Scrutopia Summer School

27 Mar - Oxford Literary Festival

18 Apr - 'Crisis of Liberty in the West' The Legatum Institute

19 Apr - 'Freedom of Speech' The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor

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