Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge. Review

Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge, by Joanna Williams, is very well done.

She shows how important historically academic freedom has been to the pursuit of knowledge, and examines the baleful consequences of the contemporary assault on truth and objectivity.

Should the English have a say on Scottish Independence?

Should the English also have a right to decide on Scottish independence

A Point of View - BBC Magazine Feb 2016 Roger Scruton 

In all the complex changes leading to the Scottish bid for independence the English have never been consulted. The process has been conducted as though we had no right to an opinion in the matter. It was all about Scotland, and how to respond to Scottish nationalism.

'A Very British Hatchet Job' Los Angeles Review of Books - Clement Knox (Jan 16)

"Despite the loud title and the confrontational chapter names (a personal favorite is chapter six: “Nonsense in Paris: Althusser, Lacan and Deleuze”),Fools, Frauds and Firebrands is not what the reader might expect.

Why musicians need Philosophy

Not as much, I grant, as philosophers need music, but nevertheless the need is real.

In the past our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, in the concert hall and in the home. The common practice of tonal harmony united composers, performers and listeners in a shared language, and people played instruments at home with an intimate sense of belonging to the music that they made, just as the music belonged to them. The repertoire was neither controversial nor especially challenging, and music took its place in the ceremonies and celebrations of ordinary life alongside the rituals of everyday religion and the forms of good manners.

To read the full article, visit The Furture Symphony website.

The Bookmonger with John J Miller

The Bookmonger Podcast

Listen to Roger talking to John J Miller for The Ricochet Audio Network.

Confessions of a Happy Reviewer

Marxism on Campus, Washington Free Beacon, Ian Lindquist (Jan 16)

Two new reviews of FOOLS, FRAUDS AND FIREBRANDS.

Jive talking'. Modern dance has lost its soul

Jive talkin’: top philosopher says modern dance has lost its soul. Dalya Alberge for The Guardian (Dec 15)

Professor Roger Scruton bemoans the way formal dances have been replaced by ‘jerking like a frog. He says the modern way is to dance ‘at’ rather than ‘with’ each other.

Across the country on New Year’s Eve, people will take to dance floors to groove away the last hours of 2015. But one of Britain’s most eminent philosophers is unlikely to be among the masses of humanity moving to a techno beat.

Conservatism and the conservatory

This article was published in National Review-December 21 2015

The observation is often made that political conservatives do not have anything much to say about the arts, either believing, with the libertarians, that in this matter people should be free to do as they please, or else fearing, like the traditionalists, that a policy for the arts will always be captured by the Left and turned into an assault on our inherited values.

The National Review

Roger Scruton and the New Left, National Review. Ron Capshaw (Dec '15)

In his new book, Roger Scruton offers a diagnosis of and an antidote to the New Left.

‘ ​The important thing is that you should not argue with [Communists]. . . . Whatever you say, they have ways of twisting it into shapes which put you in some lower category of mankind, ‘Fascist,’ ‘Liberal,’ ‘Trotskyist,’ and disparage you both intellectually and personally in the process.”

Wall Street Journal Review

Groupthink in the Ivory Tower, Wall Street Journal. Barton Swaim (Dec15) 

How did an ideology supposedly predicated on struggle and revolution become the worldview of tenured professors with hefty pension plans?

In 1985, the English philosopher and polymath Roger Scruton published a book titled “Thinkers of the New Left” in which he systematically exposed the bogus intellectual underpinnings of 14 leftist intellectuals, among them Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, György Lukács and Eric Hobsbawm.

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2020 Events

Virtual Book Club - Fri 23 Oct 2020

Green Philosophy Day - 6 Sept 2020

Launch of the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation - 26 Aug 20