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BBC Radio 3 - Music Matters. 13 June 2016

In his new book, The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, the philosopher and writer Roger Scruton brings together a lifetime of study to cast Wagner’s tetralogy as a quasi-sacred experience, with its themes of sacrifice, heroism, love and power revealing the hidden depths of the human condition. Tom Service talks to Scruton about Wagner’s philosophical influences, and asks how he addresses the criticisms often levelled against Wagner and his music. 

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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...

Confessions of a Heretic

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On Human Nature

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,...

2017 Events

6 July - Graduation Talk, Kings School, Chester

30 July - 8 Aug - Scrutopia Summer School

29 June - 'How to be a Conservative' The Berlin Conservative Library

24-27 Aug - Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium, Venice

11 July - Ways With Words Festival, Dartington

14 July - Music and Philosophy Study Group Event. King's College, London

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