Fools Frauds and Firebrands

"Outstanding and very necessary" Laetitia Strauch - Standpoint 

"Unlike many conservatives, Scruton isn’t merely a debunker, but offers a way out of Marxism." Ron Capshaw - National Review

"“He neither ridicules nor abuses the writers he considers; he patiently deconstructs them, first explaining their work in terms they themselves would recognise and then laying bare their warped assumptions and empty pretentions." Barton Swaim - Wall Street Journal

 "Scruton is brilliant at the patient demolition, in sorrowful yet witty tones, of wobbly conceptual edifices. Yet the zingier, more knockabout new title promises more fury than the book supplies." Steven Poole - The Guardian

"Scruton's stylish writing and his knowledge and passion for his subject make this an entertaining read." Patricia Duffaud The Book Bag

“…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.” 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.” —Samuel Freeman, The New York Review of Books

Latest Articles

Books of the Year 2016

Fools Frauds and Firebrands and The Ring of Truth have both been selected in The Guardian Best Books of 2016.  In late November, in part one, John Banville chose Fools Frauds...

What's the point of education? - Spectator Life Nov 16

Why does the state take an interest in education? The prevailing view, at least since the end of the last war, has been that the state takes an interest in...

'The Trump Card' BBC Radio 4 13 Nov 16

Roger Scruton assesses some of the reasons behind Donald Trump's victory. Listen back to the Point of View via the BBC iPlayer.  

National borders are the only sure guardians of democracy. The EU ignores them at its peril. The Telegraph - Nov 16

European civilisation has been steadily replacing religion with territory as the source of political unity. The process began in the 17th century, as the call for popular sovereignty and national...

Recent Books

The Ring of Truth

The Ring of Truth

Penguin Books (June 2016) Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times, and has fascinated both critics and devotees for...

Conversations with Roger Scruton

Conversations with Roger Scruton

(May 2016) 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.

Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Bloomsbury (Oct 2015) The thinkers who have been most influential on the attitudes of the New Left are examined in this study by one of the leading critics of leftist...

2016 Events

15 Dec- Buckingham Philosophy Group

7 Dec - Buckingham Philosophy Group

2017 Events

12 Jan - Buckingham Philosophy Group

10 Feb - North Cotswold Hunt Dinner

20 Feb - Social Context of Law Lecture, Inner Temple

27 Feb- Hoover Institute Dinner

28 Feb - The Second Annual Russell Kirk Lecture at Villanova University

6 March - The Ring, Talk at The Travellers Club

9 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Ray Tallis

13 March - British Academy Talk

20 March - Social Context of Law Lecture, Inner Temple

21 March - 'Faith and Reason' Christ Church, Oxford

30 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Simon Blackburn

3 April - James Madison Programme, Princeton University

4 April - US publication of Confessions of a Heretic

5 April - Collegium Institute and University of Pennsylvania

6 April - Utah

3 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Sebastian Gardner

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