A Point of View: Why we should defend the right to be offensive

"Why we should defend the right to be offensive" BBC Radio 4 A Point of View (23 Oct)

Free speech can make for uncomfortable listening, argues Roger Scruton, but it needs to be defended even when it gives offence.

In Defence of Free Speech

"In Defence of Free Speech" BBC Radio 4 - A Point of View

The Heritage Foundation Russell Kirk Lecture

 'Discussing the future of european civilization: Lessons for America' The Heritage Foundation (October 2015)

'Funnily enough, my father looked very like Jeremy Corbyn’ The Guardian (October 2015)

The Observer's Tim Adams came to visit Roger at home in Wiltshire at the end of September, the result can be read in full on The Guardians website. 

My Tribal Religion

'My Tribal Religion' The Catholic Herald (October 2015) 

'He’s not the Messiah, he’s the high priest of impenetrable nonsense' The Sunday Times ( October 2015)

In the height of the Labour party conference, The Sunday Times News Review on Sunday 4th October featured Roger's latest essay -  He’s not the Messiah, he’s the high priest of impenetrable nonsense.

Populism on BBC Radio 3

Last week many of you may have heard Roger on the BBC Radio 3 programme Free Thinking.

The Corbynist Manifestio' Spectator Life (Autumn 2015)

For Jeremy Corbyn and his followers, it is as if the Berlin Wall never fell. For a while following the collapse of communism in Europe, it looked as though there might be an apology forthcoming from those who had devoted their intellectual and political efforts to whitewashing the Soviet Union or praising the ‘people’s republics’ of China and Vietnam.

Redeeming Film Music

THERE IS A KIND OF LISTENER who first becomes acquainted with the symphony orchestra through film music.

The English College

Whilst attending the Forum 2000 conference in Prague this month, the opportunity arose to give a talk to students at The English College.

Latest Articles

Roger Scruton is a friend, not a foe, of Islam - Spectator Blog April 19

Spectator Blogs - Ed Husain I am not a right-winger. I am ashamed to say that I discovered Sir Roger Scruton only four years ago when an argument in a...

Delingpole: Sir Roger Scruton Just Won a Landmark Victory in the Culture Wars

James Delingpole for Breitbart on 25th April.  Conservative philosopher Sir Roger Scruton has won a spectacular victory against the New Statesman – the left-wing magazine which interviewed him and then...

The Mail on Sunday - 28th April 19.

I was fired for things I didn't say and don't believe, says Sir Roger Scruton as he warns of an 'atmosphere of intimidation' growing in Britain By SIR ROGER SCRUTON FOR THE MAIL...

News from Scrutopia - 2 May 19

Click here to read the latest newsletter from Roger. 

Recent Books

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...

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,...

2019 Events

Wed 31st Jul - Fri 9th Aug - 2019 Scrutopia Summer School

Thur 29th Aug - Sun 1st Sept - Scrutopia Alumni Meeting 

Sat 15th June - Philosophy Day

Thurs 19th Sept - ISI Gala for Western Civilization, Philadelphia

Sun 9th June - Open Farm Sunday

Thurs 30th May - Roger Scruton in conversation with Matthew D’Ancona