Confessions of a Sceptical Francophile

When I first became interested in philosophy, in the early 1960s, it was because I had discovered books, and books had taught me that there are mysteries concealed in human society, in consciousness, in being itself, which are the legitimate concern and inspiration of every thinking person. Reading Kafka, Rilke and T.S. Eliot, I came, as a teenager, to think that literature had no other task than to explore and decipher these mysteries, and that beautiful writing is another name for the kind of revelation that those authors promise.

Marriage: Union for the Future or Contract for the Present

ResPublica Green Paper by Roger Scruton & Phillip Blond - 3.2.2013

To coincide with the Parliamentary debate on the Government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, the latest publication from ResPublica, Marriage: Union for the future or contract for the present, criticises the Bill for compromising the meaning of both traditional heterosexual marriage and homosexual partnership.

Border control must be at the heart of an EU renegotiations

Conservative Home - 24.1.2013

The greatest difference between being governed by a national Parliament and being governed by a treaty is that, in the former case, law can be made immediately, in response to every change in the situation of those affected by it, and mistakes can be rectified before their full toll of destruction has been reaped.

The Conservative Neglect of Culture

Thinkers' Corner at Conservative Home - 22.12.2012

Nobody knows what a cultural policy should aim at, what means it should use, or how it could lead to legislation or other political initiatives. Hence, in Conservative Party thinking, considerations of culture remain on the margins. Worse, as in so many areas of political life, the Conservatives seem to have abandoned this fertile territory to the Left.

Tally ho! Let the hunt remind us who we are

Daily Telegraph - 26.12.2012

This morning hundreds of hunts across the Kingdom will be assembling for the Boxing Day meet. My family and I will appear in our polished uniforms on polished horses to stand ceremonially among our neighbours in Cirencester Park.

Facing up to Darwin

American Spectator - February 2012

It is fair to say that "Darwin's dangerous idea," as Daniel Dennett has described it, has caused more trouble to the ordinary conscience than just about any other scientific hypothesis. We cannot easily reject the theory of evolution, which explains so much that we observe in the lives of plants and animals; and we cannot easily accept it either, when it comes to understanding human beings.

Conservatism and Climate

Huffington Post - 9.5.2012

In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, I argue that environmental degradation has one cause above all others, which is the propensity of human beings to take the benefit, and to leave the costs to someone else, preferably someone far away in space or time, whose protests can be safely ignored.

When will the Conservative Party fight for England?

Conservative Home - 5.1.2013

We know that electoral boundaries are currently drawn in ways that disadvantage the Conservative party.

The Great Swindle

Aeon Magazine - 17.12.2012

A high culture is the self-consciousness of a society. It contains the works of art, literature, scholarship and philosophy that establish a shared frame of reference among educated people.

Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England

For most people in England today, the church is simply the empty building at the end of the road, visited for the first time, if at all, when dead.

It offers its sacraments to a population that lives without rites of passage, and which regards the National Health Service rather than the National Church as its true spiritual guardian.

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Scrutopia Summer School 2018

22 Feb - UCL event

8/9 Mar - Ghent University

22 Mar - Philosophy Cafe, Oxford

7 Mar - VWH Vintners’ Hall Dinner

22 Mar - The Oxford Literary Festival

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