"Offensive Jokes" BBC Radio 4 A Point of View

We must feel free to express opinions and to make jokes that others may find offensive; censoring them them only leads to a loss of reasoned argument.

The Catholic World Report Interview

'Catching Up with Roger Scruton: The Philosopher as Composer and Novelist' The Catholic World Report. Christopher S. Morrissey (Oct 29) 

CWR: Your new book is a fresh update on politics that begins with an amusing title: Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands. What has stayed the same about the Left since you first published Thinkers of the New Left in 1985? What has changed?

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.

Latest Articles

News from Scrutopia - 3 July 2020

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Angels still sitting on my shoulder - The Critic, July 2020

Douglas Murray discusses the importance of intellectual mentors and reveals two who continue to guide him. A little while back I wrote something wildly unpopular and an acquaintance noted that...

Scrutopia Book Club

Scrutopia Book Club  Join us on Wednesday 29th July at 2pm GMT for the first in our series of virtual book club meetings. Register your interest with me via email: This email address...

News from Scrutopia - 29 May 20

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Recent Books

Roger Scruton: Philosopher on Dover Beach

Roger Scruton: Philosopher on Dover Beach

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

Scrutopia Alumni Thurs 27 August – Sun 30 August 2020

Virtual Book Club - Wed 29 July 20

Philosophy Day - Sat 25 July 20

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