Beauty and the Restoration of the Sacred' Catholic Art Guild conference - Nov 17

'The True, the Good and the Beautiful' The Wheatley Institute, April 17

As part of Sir Roger's Spring visit to America, a talk titled 'The True, the Good and the Beautiful' was presented to the The Wheatley Institute. You can watch and listen to the whole lecture via YouTube here

Philosophy and the Public Culture - A public lecture at Princeton University April 17

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I accepted the invitation from my friend Robby George to speak here, under the auspices of the Madison Program, about my work. It was in this very university, nearly forty years ago, that I discovered my vocation. I had been invited to take up a semester-long fellowship with the Council for the Humanities; and I was to give a course of graduate seminars in the philosophy of architecture, based on the book that I was currently writing. That book, The Aesthetics of Architecture, published by Princeton University Press in the same year, 1979, has remained in print ever since, and it defined my subsequent path as a writer. I was to be a professional philosopher, a member of the analytical school of thinking that has been such a distinguished presence here in Princeton. But I was also to be an advocate of high culture, a champion of art, literature and music against the real and imaginary philistines. I was to teach, as a university professor, in the realm of abstract argument; but I was to live and write in the realm of concrete experience, where art reigns supreme. 

"Sex and the Academy" The Anscombe Society, Princeton University. (Oct 15)

Princeton Anscombe Society’s 10th anniversary event

A panel discussion featuring some of the most recognised names in philosophy today: John Haldane, Roger Scruton, and Candace Vogler, and moderated by Professor Robert P. George. Panelists  discuss the role of sex, gender, value, aesthetics, and the transcendent in university life.

"The Future of European Civilisation: Lessons for America." The Heritage Foundation, NY (Oct 15)

What can Americans learn from Europe?

America has much to learn from Europe’s current condition. The decline in religious faith has led to a universal weakening of European society and a loss of confidence in the value of its civilization. And the effects have been grave: throngs of unassimilated immigrants, military threats from abroad, and confusion about national identity. America, by contrast, still shows many signs of strength.

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Recent Books

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,...

Conservatism: Ideas in Profile

Conservatism: Ideas in Profile

Profile Books (August 2017) Roger Scruton looks at the central ideas of conservatism over the centuries. He examines conservative thinking on civil society, the rule of law and the role...

On Human Nature

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Princeton University Press (February 2017) In this short book, acclaimed writer and philosopher Roger Scruton presents an original and radical defense of human uniqueness. Confronting the views of evolutionary psychologists,...

2018 Events

Scrutopia Summer School 2018

18 May - Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge

21-25 April - America

10 May - Road to Character lecture on Loyalty

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