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When fear leads to tyranny. Democracy is being quietly redefined. By Jonathan Sumption
This is the fourth and final lecture in the inaugural series of Sir Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures delivered at the Sheldonian Theatre on 27 October 2021.
You can view this lecture online via YouTube
This inaugural series of free public lectures will honour Roger's legacy by inviting eminent public intellectuals to speak on four topics within an overarching theme.
Each lecture will be held at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, UK.
Doors open at 4:30 pm, and the lectures begin at 5 pm.
Niall Ferguson on the Future of the Anglosphere
18 OCTOBER, 2021
Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is the author of many bestselling books and his most recent, ‘Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe,’ was published by Penguin Press on May 4 2021.
Tom Holland on Puritanism and Iconoclasm
20 OCTOBER, 2021
Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster. He is the author of many bestselling books and his most recent, ‘Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind,’ was published in 2019 by Little, Brown.
Marwa Al-Sabouni on Beauty and Home
25 OCTOBER, 2021
Marwa Al-Sabouni is a critically acclaimed architect and the author of ‘The Battle for Home: Memoir of a Syrian Architect’ (2016) and ‘Building for Hope: Towards and Architecture of Belonging’ (2021), both published by Thames & Hudson.
Jonathan Sumption on Democracy
27 OCTOBER, 2021
Jonathan Sumption is a renowned historian and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Four instalments of his critically acclaimed history of the Hundred Years’ War have been published between 1990 and 2015, all by Faber & Faber.
Four Fellowships for the Roger Scruton Philosophy Symposium were awarded to Ms Maria Kadzielska, Ms Nino Gabelashvili, Mr Bartosz Wesol, and Mr Valentino Findirk. The Fellowships are part of the New Generations Research Exchange organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford in collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb and the Humane Philosophy Project with generous support from the John Templeton Foundation. We are delighted to share their feedback HERE.
Scrutopia Summer School Friday 22nd July - Sunday 31st July 2022
Roger Scruton is the heretic we need
The secret radical had no time for lying fools
BY DOUGLAS MURRAY
After the demise of great men and women, their reputations often dip. Fulsome obituaries are usually followed by a fall-off in interest. It takes time for the new generation to discover the greats afresh and for their reputations to regenerate. But I doubt this rule would ever have applied to Roger Scruton.
The philosopher’s standing was at its height when he died last year at the age of 75. The second of his three great books on Wagner had recently come out; his advice was sought by the British Government; conservative intellectuals and politicians across Europe were eager to seek his approval. His life ended just as his reputation reached the stage it ought to have been at for decades: though by the time he died he had become Sir Roger Scruton, he had spent many years in a type of intellectual isolation, if not wilderness.
Confessions of a Heretic is a selection of otherwise uncollected essays which deal with some subjects of Scruton’s ire. They also tackle the timeless issues to which he dedicated a lifetime of energy. Although Scruton is generally referred to as a “conservative philosopher,” he ought simply to be referred to as a “philosopher”. The deepest works in this book — his “Effing the Ineffable” and his “Reflection on Strauss’s Metamorphosen,” for example — go far deeper than mere politics.
Read the full article HERE.
This week we have successfully completed our Alumni meeting and we were able to enjoy terrific lectures with Samuel Hughes, Mark Almond and Anthony O’Hear among others. Visits to local places of interest and glorious weather helped us to rekindle friendships in a thought provoking and stimulating environment.
- Scrutopia Summer School 2021
- The Future of Conservatism: Ed Husain at the Universidad de Verano 2021
- News from Scrutopia - 27th July 2021
- Hungarian Coffee Shop, The Times - 15 June 21
- Fellowship Announcement
- View from your table, The American Conservative - April 2021
- The Secret University, The Critic - May 2021
- Letter from Budapest, The Critic - May 2021
- News from Scrutopia - 30th April 2021
- David Matthews - Thoughts from a Life: Opera as an Art