There is a strange feature of Roger Scruton’s life that not many people appreciate. Of all the writers that impressed him, the one that he admired most was the leftist luminary Jean Paul Sartre. He wrote scathingly of Sartre’s philosophy, most especially in Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey and Fools, Frauds and Firebrands. However, Sartre’s ability to steer seamlessly between genres served as a model for Roger’s own literary achievements. In our book Conversations with Roger Scruton, he describes Sartre as a ‘great literary figure’, and it was, he says, ‘a tribute to France that so many people thought that his death marked the end of an era and a moment of real cultural loss.’
Read the full article HERE on the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation website.