I’m drinking my morning coffee at home from a paper cup I swiped from Scruton, the Budapest coffeeshop dedicated to the memory of Sir Roger. Scruton is a great space, and I can hardly wait for it to open up fully (for now, you can only get take-out coffee from there, because of Covid). Wouldn’t it be great if American university towns had a Scruton, as a hangout for conservatives, and a place to debate and discuss? Read the full article HERE.
Tibor Fischer discovers the first of many Roger Scruton cafés
After their deaths, Julius Caesar and Augustus were honoured with deification (and indeed the late Duke of Edinburgh got that rank in the South Pacific during his lifetime). It’s not quite the same as apotheosis, but I imagine Roger Scruton would be touched that a café has opened in Budapest giving him a powerful launch into posterity. The café bears his name, offers allegiance to his ideas, and indeed boasts many of his possessions, generously donated by his wife. And finally, what better tribute to a philosopher than a place where you can sit down, have a glass of wine and discuss ideas? It’s so symposium.
Read the full article in The Critic online.
Photo from Scruton Cafe on facebook
Music was an essential part of Roger Scruton’s life. He learned the piano as a boy, and as an adult acquired the profound technical knowledge that enabled him to write The Aesthetics of Music, widely recognized as the most important book in its field. He also wrote two books of essays on music, and three magisterial books on Wagner – Death Devoted Heart (on Tristan und Isolde), The Ring of Truth, and his final book, Wagner’s Parsifal: The Music of Redemption. He taught himself to compose (with a little help from me) and wrote two operas, The Minister (1998) and Violet (2005), both of which were staged and which, as I experienced myself, are musically and dramatically effective. Composing for him was a sideline, although if he had not decided to pursue just about everything else, Roger might have become an important contributor to the music of our time
Read the full article HERE on the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation website.
Local communities will be at the heart of plans to make sure that new developments in their area are beautiful and well-designed, under proposals outlined by Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP today (30 January 2021) You can listen to the announcement here.
We are pleased to read that Building Better Building Beautiful Commission recommendations have been taken up by the government in its formal response which can be found here.
Perhaps one of the finest obituaries to have been written which has appeared in the Jesus College Cambridge Annual Review, 2020 by Stephen Heath, whom we didn’t know, but who clearly followed Roger’s work closely. Thanks to Professor Heath’s article, Roger has been made to feel at home in Cambridge. You can read the obituary here.
- Stephen Blackwood - Thoughts from a Life: On the Importance of 'Bunking'
- Daniel Hannan in The Sunday Telegraph
- Remembering Roger Scruton - RSLF online memorial event
- Tradition and Change – Scruton’s Philosophy – Online Conference
- Roger Scruton still gives me strength. Maurice Glasman - UnHerd, Jan 21
- Roger Scruton was no atheist – argues his literary executor, Dr Mark Dooley - The Critic, Jan 21
- Madeline Grant -The Telegraph 10 Jan 2021
- Richard Chartres - Thoughts from a Life: The Church of England
- Hamza Yusuf - Thoughts from a Life: Scruton’s Wisdom
- Eternal Lessons from Wagner’s Last Opera, National Review - Dec 20