Culture

The West and the Rest

The West and the Rest

Bloomsbury (2002)

In this astonishing new book, Roger Scruton argues that to understand adequately the roots of Islamic terrorism, one must understand both the unique historical evolution of the state and the dynamic of globalization.
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Modern Culture

Modern Culture

Bloomsbury (new ed. 2000)
Received by the British press with equal acclaim and indignation, this book sets out to define and defend high culture against the world of pop, corn, and popcorn.

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Animal Rights and Wrongs

Animal Rights and Wrongs

Bloomsbury Continuum (1996, 1998, 3rd ed 2000)

A revised and improved edition of a book in continuing demand. Do animals have rights? If not, do we have duties towards them? 

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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 intelligent people, in the volatile times in which we live.

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Conservatism: Ideas in Profile

Conservatism: Ideas in Profile

 Profile Books (August 2017)

Roger Scruton looks at the central ideas of conservatism over the centuries. He examines conservative thinking on civil society, the rule of law and the role of the state on the one hand; and freedom (including freedom of expression and association), morality, equality, property and rights on the other. 

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A Land Held Hostage: Lebanon and the West

A Land Held Hostage: Lebanon and the West

The Claridge Press, London (1987)

In this book, published in 1987 during the course of Lebanon's civil wars, Roger Scruton explains and defends the old settlement of Lebanon, and the emergence in modern times of the only Arab country in which politicians gained and relinquished office without the aid of bullets. 


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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, utilitarian moralists, and philosophical materialists such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, Scruton argues that human beings cannot be understood simply as biological objects. 

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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, and what in the coming years will hold us together.

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Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Bloomsbury (Oct 2015)

The thinkers who have been most influential on the attitudes of the New Left are examined in this study by one of the leading critics of leftist orientations in modern Western civilization.

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The Uses of Pessimism

The Uses of Pessimism

Atlantic Books (2010)

The argument of this book proposes  that the tragedies and disasters of the history of the European continent have been the consequences of a false optimism and the fallacies that derive from it. 

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England: An Elegy

England: An Elegy

Bloomsbury Continuum (2001) 

In this poignant and personal tribute Roger Scruton gives an account of England which is both an illuminating analysis of its institutions and culture, and a celebration of its virtues.

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How to be a Conservative

How to be a Conservative

Bloomsbury (Sept 2014)

What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism? How can we live in the presence of our 'canonized forefathers' at a time when their cultural, religious and political bequest is so routinely rejected?

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Latest Articles

Scrutopia Book Club

Join us on Friday 23rd October at 2pm for the second in our series of virtual book club meetings.    What to read: Conversations with Roger Scruton, and I am delighted...

Before & After Scruton, The European Conservative - 17 Aug 20

I usually jest that my life divides into two parts: ‘Before Scruton’ and ‘After Scruton.’ My first five books were devoted to Søren Kierkegaard, Jacques Derrida, ethics, and postmodern theology....

Roger Scruton’s Architectural Morality, The American Conservative - 15 Aug 20

Very few of us will ever be referred to in the adjectival form. Yet Roger Scruton (1944-2020) deserves such an appellation, and as early as 1985, “Scrutonian gusto” appeared in...

Scruton’s housing vision is finally being realised - The Spectator, 10 Aug 20

The government’s white paper on planning reform makes frequent reference to Roger Scruton and his Building Beautiful Commission – on which I worked as Scruton’s research assistant. If Scruton had lived to...

Recent Books

Roger Scruton: Philosopher on Dover Beach

Roger Scruton: Philosopher on Dover Beach

Bloomsbury (2009) Roger Scruton is one of the outstanding British philosophers of the post-war years. Why then is he at best ignored and at worst reviled? Part of the reason...

Wagner's Parsifal: The Music of Redemption

‘Wagner’s Parsifal – The Music of Redemption’  This short but penetrating book, by a writer who was uniquely both a leading philosopher and musicologist, shows us how Wagner achieves this...

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...

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