"Offensive Jokes" BBC Radio 4 A Point of View

We must feel free to express opinions and to make jokes that others may find offensive; censoring them them only leads to a loss of reasoned argument.

The Catholic World Report Interview

'Catching Up with Roger Scruton: The Philosopher as Composer and Novelist' The Catholic World Report. Christopher S. Morrissey (Oct 29) 

CWR: Your new book is a fresh update on politics that begins with an amusing title: Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands. What has stayed the same about the Left since you first published Thinkers of the New Left in 1985? What has changed?

A Point of View: Why we should defend the right to be offensive

"Why we should defend the right to be offensive" BBC Radio 4 A Point of View (23 Oct)

Free speech can make for uncomfortable listening, argues Roger Scruton, but it needs to be defended even when it gives offence.

In Defence of Free Speech

"In Defence of Free Speech" BBC Radio 4 - A Point of View

The Heritage Foundation Russell Kirk Lecture

 'Discussing the future of european civilization: Lessons for America' The Heritage Foundation (October 2015)

'Funnily enough, my father looked very like Jeremy Corbyn’ The Guardian (October 2015)

The Observer's Tim Adams came to visit Roger at home in Wiltshire at the end of September, the result can be read in full on The Guardians website. 

My Tribal Religion

'My Tribal Religion' The Catholic Herald (October 2015) 

'He’s not the Messiah, he’s the high priest of impenetrable nonsense' The Sunday Times ( October 2015)

In the height of the Labour party conference, The Sunday Times News Review on Sunday 4th October featured Roger's latest essay -  He’s not the Messiah, he’s the high priest of impenetrable nonsense.

Populism on BBC Radio 3

Last week many of you may have heard Roger on the BBC Radio 3 programme Free Thinking.

The Corbynist Manifestio' Spectator Life (Autumn 2015)

For Jeremy Corbyn and his followers, it is as if the Berlin Wall never fell. For a while following the collapse of communism in Europe, it looked as though there might be an apology forthcoming from those who had devoted their intellectual and political efforts to whitewashing the Soviet Union or praising the ‘people’s republics’ of China and Vietnam.

Latest Articles

Philosophy Bites with Nigel Warburton 29 Aug 17

Are human beings fundamentally different from other animals? Roger Scruton argues that we are, and that we need to think about ourselves in non-biological terms. He explains these ideas in...

'The Religion of Rights' BBC Radio 4 - 1 Sept 17

"European society", says Sir Roger Scruton, "is rapidly jettisoning its Christian heritage and has found nothing to put in its place save the religion of human rights". But, he argues,...

'Pottering towards the new socialist state' BBC Radio 4 - 27 Aug 17

Roger Scruton looks at the impact of Harry Potter on our world view. "People are starting to live in a kind of cyber-Hogwarts", he says, "a fantasy world in which...

'The Meaning of Conservative' BBC Radio 4 - 20 Aug 17

Roger Scruton asks: "What does the Tory Party really stand for?" He says the Conservative party at present is muddling along without a philosophy. But he argues that, far from...

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

24-27 Aug - Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium, Venice

2nd Sept - Philosophy in the Bookshop - Blackwells, Oxford

12th Oct - Cheltenham Literary Festival, Gloucestershire

15 - 17th Oct - Paris

21st Oct - Apple Festival, Sunday Hill Farm

29 Oct - 'Beauty & the Restoration of the Sacred' Conference, Chicago

30 Oct - 'Culture and Art in a Populist Age' ACII & EPPC Conference , Washington

1 Nov - Washington College

2 Nov - 'Tradition & Culture' Keynote lecture, Traditional Project, St John's Law School Centre for Law and Religion, New York

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