Building a new Syria with the divisions

Bad planning sowed the seeds of conflict in cities such as Homs. Now a local architect has a vision of something better

A century and a half ago, Napoleon III gave to Georges-Eugène Haussmann the task of clearing away the insalubrious streets of medieval Paris, and building a new city full of light and air.

Roger Scruton vs the New Left

Two thoughtful and lengthy reviews of FOOLS, FRAUDS AND FIREBRANDS

“…he largely sets aside constructive philosophical work in order to dismantle the dismantlers. This he does with rhetorical vigor and flair, and though he often paints with the broadest of brushes and does not always make the distinctions perfect fairness would call for, his critique is a powerful one indeed.” And “Late in his book Scruton comments that he has searched these thinkers’ writings ‘in vain for a description of how the equality of being advocated in their fraught manifestoes is to be achieved.’ In the end, he says, ‘We know nothing of the socialist future, save only that it is both necessary and desirable.’

The women who wants to rebuild homes

One woman’s battle to heal her home city of Homs. The Observer 3 April 2016

As bombs fell around her, Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni stayed in Homs throughout the civil war, making plans to build hope from carnage. Her ideas are now laid out in a visionary memoir. But will anyone listen? 

Latest articles from Scrutopia

The EU’s problem with Islam. Hiding the truth about migrant crimes shows huge disrespect to most Muslims. Spectator Life - Roger Scruton March 2016

The Spectator recently carried an article by Ivar Arpi concerning the extent to which the Swedish authorities have been hiding the truth about sex attacks on native Swedish women. The majority of these attacks have been carried out by Muslim immigrants. The German authorities were concealing similar attacks until the truth was forced on the world during New Year’s celebrations in Cologne.

Conversations with Roger Scruton. Roger Scruton and Mark Dooley

conversations with roger scruton-book

'Conversations with Roger Scruton offers an intriguing insight into the life and times of this world renowned thinker. The conversations were recorded over three days in Scruton's home in Wiltshire by fellow philosopher and Scruton biographer Mark Dooley.

Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge. Review

Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge, by Joanna Williams, is very well done.

She shows how important historically academic freedom has been to the pursuit of knowledge, and examines the baleful consequences of the contemporary assault on truth and objectivity.

Should the English have a say on Scottish Independence?

Should the English also have a right to decide on Scottish independence

A Point of View - BBC Magazine Feb 2016 Roger Scruton 

In all the complex changes leading to the Scottish bid for independence the English have never been consulted. The process has been conducted as though we had no right to an opinion in the matter. It was all about Scotland, and how to respond to Scottish nationalism.

'A Very British Hatchet Job' Los Angeles Review of Books - Clement Knox (Jan 16)

"Despite the loud title and the confrontational chapter names (a personal favorite is chapter six: “Nonsense in Paris: Althusser, Lacan and Deleuze”),Fools, Frauds and Firebrands is not what the reader might expect.

Why musicians need Philosophy

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 hall and in the home. The common practice of tonal harmony united composers, performers and listeners in a shared language, and people played instruments at home with an intimate sense of belonging to the music that they made, just as the music belonged to them. The repertoire was neither controversial nor especially challenging, and music took its place in the ceremonies and celebrations of ordinary life alongside the rituals of everyday religion and the forms of good manners.

To read the full article, visit The Furture Symphony website.

The Bookmonger with John J Miller

The Bookmonger Podcast

Listen to Roger talking to John J Miller for The Ricochet Audio Network.

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News from Scrutopia - 31st January 2020

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Living with beauty: report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission

‘Living with Beauty’ the report of the Building Beautiful Building Better Commission was launched on 30th January by the Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP and Roger’s co-chair Nicholas Boys-Smith....

Building More, Building Beautiful.

We’ll make it easier to build beautiful homes, to end the myth that quality is the enemy of supplyhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/25/make-easier-build-beautiful-homes-end-myth-quality-enemy-supply/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary. (Sunday Telegraph ‘Comment’ section 25 January 2020)...

Advance Order: The Classical Vernacular: Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism.

The Classical Vernacular Carcanet Press (1995)  We have requested a new print run of The Classical Vernacular and are taking advance orders.  The essays, from the perspective of 'the classical vernacular',...

Recent Books

Notes from Underground

Beaufort Books  (2nd Edition October 2019) Set in the twilight years of the Czechoslovak communist regime, this novel describes a doomed love affair between two young people trapped by the...

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...

Music as an Art

Bloomsbury  (August 2018) Music as an Art begins by examining music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German...

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