"Why it's time to turn the music off" BBC Radio 4 A Point of View (13 Nov)

In almost every public place today the ears are assailed by the sound of pop music. In shopping malls, public houses, restaurants, hotels and elevators the ambient sound is not human conversation but the music disgorged into the air by speakers - usually invisible and inaccessible speakers that cannot be punished for their impertinence.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English.

"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.

Latest Articles

Can Europe learn from communism?

I confess, I am an anti-communist. During the 1970s and 1980s, anti-communists were shunned in the UK’s universities. After all, we were attacking the revolution that offered to liberate mankind...

Speech of the President during the award ceremony of Roger Scruton

Dear Mr. Speaker,Dear Madam President,Ladies and gentlemen, Ministers,but above all, Dear Professor, our distinguished guest,Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! I am delighted that I could today honour Mr. Professor with the...

Order of Merit from the Republic of Poland

Tuesday 4th June exactly 30 years on from the date when democracy began to be restored in Poland, Sir Roger has been given a state honour by President Andrzej Duda: “Recognising...

Post Truth

Post-Truth Roger Scruton For as long as there have been politicians they have lied, fabricated, and deceived. However commentators are beginning to tell us that something has changed in the...

Recent Books

Souls in the Twilight

Beaufort Books  (October 2018) As the lights that have guided us go out, people begin to wander in the twilight, seeking their place of belonging. In these stories, set in...

Music as an Art

Bloomsbury  (August 2018) Music as an Art begins by examining music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German...

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Bloomsbury (November 2017) Addressing one of the most politically turbulent periods in modern British history, philosopher Roger Scruton asks how, in these circumstances, we can come to define our identity,...

2019 Events

Wed 31st Jul - Fri 9th Aug - 2019 Scrutopia Summer School

Thur 29th Aug - Sun 1st Sept - Scrutopia Alumni Meeting 

Sat 15th June - Philosophy Day

Thurs 19th Sept - ISI Gala for Western Civilization, Philadelphia

Sat 29th June - Sat 6th July - Brazil

Thurs 22nd Aug - Edinburgh Book Festival