'The True, the Good and the Beautiful' The Wheatley Institute, April 17

As part of Sir Roger's Spring visit to America, a talk titled 'The True, the Good and the Beautiful' was presented to the The Wheatley Institute. You can watch and listen to the whole lecture via YouTube here

Philosophy and the Public Culture - A public lecture at Princeton University April 17

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I accepted the invitation from my friend Robby George to speak here, under the auspices of the Madison Program, about my work. It was in this very university, nearly forty years ago, that I discovered my vocation. I had been invited to take up a semester-long fellowship with the Council for the Humanities; and I was to give a course of graduate seminars in the philosophy of architecture, based on the book that I was currently writing. That book, The Aesthetics of Architecture, published by Princeton University Press in the same year, 1979, has remained in print ever since, and it defined my subsequent path as a writer. I was to be a professional philosopher, a member of the analytical school of thinking that has been such a distinguished presence here in Princeton. But I was also to be an advocate of high culture, a champion of art, literature and music against the real and imaginary philistines. I was to teach, as a university professor, in the realm of abstract argument; but I was to live and write in the realm of concrete experience, where art reigns supreme. 

"Sex and the Academy" The Anscombe Society, Princeton University. (Oct 15)

Princeton Anscombe Society’s 10th anniversary event

A panel discussion featuring some of the most recognised names in philosophy today: John Haldane, Roger Scruton, and Candace Vogler, and moderated by Professor Robert P. George. Panelists  discuss the role of sex, gender, value, aesthetics, and the transcendent in university life.

"The Future of European Civilisation: Lessons for America." The Heritage Foundation, NY (Oct 15)

What can Americans learn from Europe?

America has much to learn from Europe’s current condition. The decline in religious faith has led to a universal weakening of European society and a loss of confidence in the value of its civilization. And the effects have been grave: throngs of unassimilated immigrants, military threats from abroad, and confusion about national identity. America, by contrast, still shows many signs of strength.

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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