Roger Scruton

Welcome to my website, which is a guide to my professional life as a writer and philosopher. My CV provides detailed information concerning my career.

In 2015 I published two books, The Disappeared and later in the autumn, Fools Frauds and Firebrands. The Disappeared, published by Bloomsbury, has received wonderful reviews and you can read them in the reviews section. One I particularly like is from Douglas Murray at The Spectator. ‘It's a gripping, disturbing narrative dealing with abduction and abuse but also love, escape and a type of redemption’. It is about England, now.

Roger ScrutonIn 2016 I again published two books, Confessions of A Heretic (a collection of essays) and more recently, The Ring of Truth about Wagner’s Ring cycle. Finally On Human Nature was published this year by Princeton University Press, and has been well reviewed.

Fools Frauds and Firebrands is an update of Thinkers of the New Left published, to widespread outrage, in 1986. It includes new chapters covering the Parisian nonsense machine – Lacan, Deleuze and Badiou – and some timely thoughts about the historians and social thinkers who led British intellectuals up the garden path during the last decades, including Eric Hobsbawm and Ralph Miliband. All in all a shocking performance, but comparatively mildly reviewed and, by my modest standards, a bestseller.

Notes from Underground, my novel chosen by Ray Tallis as book of the year 2014 in the TLS, received the bronze award in the Suspense/Thriller category in the 2015 IPPY awards. It was also nominated for the IMPAC awards. It has been translated into Czech and was launched in Prague, during the Forum 2000 conference in September of 2015. A Portuguese edition is now forthcoming.

On Friday 25th November 2016 I was knighted by the Prince of Wales at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Since then I have been hard at work on a book Where We Are, addressing the difficult and troubling question of our national identity, and how we are to shape a cogent first-person plural that will guide us through the years ahead. This will be my response to the Brexit vote.

The success of the MA in philosophy through the University of Buckingham has encouraged me to begin work on a graduate programme leading to M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees. Applications are welcome, through the Registry at Buckingham. This summer we will also be running an experimental ‘Scrutopia Summer School’ through the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester Park, delivering ten days of intoxicating eccentricity in the Gloucestershire countryside. 

A special mention must go to Håkon Wium Lie for the fantastic drone footage of Sunday Hill Farm which can be seen at the top of this webpage.

Latest Articles

'Loyalty as a Virtue' - Legatum Institute 10 May 18

Loyalty is a fundamental virtue on which we all depend for survival because it ties families, communities and nations together. In defining, loyalty Sir Roger distinguished between personal loyalty, which...

'Bottled inspiration' Spectator Life - April 18

Wine was revered in ancient times as the work of a god. Its subsequent place at the heart of our civilisation justifies that attitude. Wine has been, for us, a...

Kathy Wilkes Memorial Conference

Exploring Identity: Political and Philosophical Dr Kathy Wilkes was a Fellow of St Hilda's from 1973 until her death in 2003. She was one of the College's most distinguished female...

Why Musicians Need Philosophy? For the Future Symphony Institute

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...

Recent Books

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,...

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...

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,...

2018 Events

Scrutopia Summer School 2018

24 May - ACRE Blue Green Summit II, Brussels

21-24 June - Alpine Fellowship Meeting, Venice

21 July - Radical Mischief Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon

1-4 Aug - Summer School Alumni Meeting, Cirencester

20 Sept - Prayer Book Society Conference, Cirencester