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Scruton is a fellow at the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy Center, which announces itself as "dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy."

In 1985, when most of these essays first appeared in print, Scruton was savaged by the generally leftist faculty at Birkbeck College, London, and that opposition in turn led to his leaving academia. Here Scruton thoroughly and fairly debunks the ostentation, obfuscation, and terrible writing and downright deceitfulness of much of postwar Marxist-inspired philosophy. For Scruton the culprits are mainly from France and Germany—beginning with Sartre and carrying through to Foucault, Habermas, Althusser, Lacan, Deleuze, Gramsci, and Said—and he carries the attack forward to Badiou and Žižek. Even Galbraith and Dworkin take a few hits. Scruton writes from the perspective of an old-school conservative. His sympathies are with the virtues of the countryside and historically rooted associations of every sort, from churches and the US Constitution to volunteer fire departments, brass bands, and the local Grange. His personal point of view could be called sentimental and perhaps myopic, but his arguments against his foes are substantial and deep.

--R. T. Lee, Trinity College (retired)

Latest Articles

Planning for the future

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government Robert Jenrick has opened the Planning for the future consultation proposing reform to the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning...

News from Scrutopia - 6th August 2020

Read the latest from Scrutopia here:  https://mailchi.mp/3fe95cac3469/4dxue1xf97-3768233

Green Philosophy Day 6 Sept 20

We are excited to be able to share with you the first in our open philosophy day series, the Green Philosophy Programme. Please join us on Sunday 6th September at Sundey...

Scrutopia weekend on Roger Scruton’s Aesthetics

We are delighted to share with you the wonderful programme which has been thoughtfully curated with Roger’s interests at heart for this year’s Alumni meeting.We recognise that many of you...

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Roger Scruton: Philosopher on Dover Beach

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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

Postponed - Scrutopia Summer School

Virtual Book Club - Wed 29 July 20

Virtual Book Club - Fri 23 Oct 2020

Philosophy Day - Sat 25 July 20

Scrutopia weekend: Thurs 27 August – Sun 30 August 2020

Green Philosophy Day - 6 Sept 2020