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Conversations with Roger Scruton - Roger Scruton and Mark Dooley

Published: 19th May 2016

About Conversations with Roger Scruton

This book reveals what life was like for Roger Scruton growing up in High Wycombe, how he survived Cambridge and how he came to hold his conservative outlook. It tells of Scruton's rise to prominence while writing for The Times and sheds light on his campaign on behalf of underground dissidents in Eastern Europe. Ranging across topics as diverse as the current state of British philosophy, music, religion, and illuminating what lay behind Scruton's abandonment of academia for his new life on a Wiltshire farm, Conversations with Roger Scruton is an intimate portrait of a writer who has felt philosophy as a vocation and whose defence of unfashionable causes has brought him a wide readership in Britain and around the world.

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Articles - Politics and society

Building a new Syria without the divisions - Roger Scruton. The Times, April 9 2016

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. Haussmann’s plan was based on the boulevard, retaining the ancient monuments and the healthier parts of the centre, and reaching out to incorporate the suburbs. Many people, from Victor Hugo to the present, have lamented Haussmann’s plan as an act of vandalism. But Haussmann built in the classical style, maintaining a height compatible with the city vistas, and using the local Lutetian limestone. He respected the street as a public space, and the skyline as the city’s most important visible edge. And he built elegant façades that create a permeable boundary between the public and the private. As a result Paris retained its character as a civilised settlement and, with a hiccup or two, politics replaced barricades as the normal form of protest.

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Articles - Politics and society

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? 

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Articles - Reviews

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.’ But for the reason the socialist faith is a blind faith. Scruton knows perfectly well what he thinks is worth building—or, more to the point, conserving—and in his final chapter, titled ‘What is Right?’, he gives a clearly concise a summation of his own political position as one could ask for. It is only 15 pages long, but it is by itself worth the price of admission to this book.”—Alan Jacobs, The American Conservative

“Scruton’s book is not the dispassionate examination and measured assessment of philosophical arguments typical of analytic philosophers. It is a polemical dissection and indictment of the perceived destructive aims and tactics of the left. Earlier chapters on Sartre and Foucault, and on members of the Frankfurt School, particularly Adorno, are the most engaging.” —Samuel Freeman, The New York Review of Books

 
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