Roger Scruton writer and philosopher
Roger Scruton

Roger ScrutonRoger in Garden 2014

Welcome to my website, which is a guide to my professional life as a writer and philosopher. My CV provides detailed information concerning my career.

Last year (2014) I published three books, on which I had been working intermittently in recent years. I was very heartened that all three were chosen among people's 'books of the year'. The Soul of the World was chosen by Jonathan Clark in the TLS and also by Alexander McCall Smith in The Scotsman. This book is now being translated into Dutch. My novel, about Czechoslovakia before 1989, Notes from Underground was chosen by Raymond Tallis in the TLS and How to be a Conservative was chosen among political books by the Sunday Times and as book of the year by Labour MP Jon Cruddas in The New Statesman.

Recent broadcasts have been in the BBC's Point of View series and I considered themes covering the nature and limits of democracy, education and art. Podcasts on the BBC website (search by date Aug 2013, March 2014 and December 2014). 

I graduated from Cambridge University in 1965, spent two years abroad and then pursued an academic career in philosophy, first in Cambridge, and then in London, until 1990, when I took a year's leave of absence to work for an educational charity in Czechoslovakia. (This charity grew from the 'underground university' which colleagues and I had established in the last decade of communism.  My contacts with the countries of the old Eastern Bloc remain strong.  (See this lecture delivered in Hungary in 2013:)) I then taught part-time at Boston University Massachusetts until the end of 1994, while building up a public affairs consultancy in Eastern Europe. Since then I have been a free-lance writer and consultant, taking on short-term contracts when necessary. I am currently senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where I am currently pursuing projects on the need for a new urbanism and on the cultural impact of neuroscience. Since 1996 I have been married to Sophie, and we have two children, Sam, born in 1998 and Lucy, born in 2000. 

My principal activity remains what it has been for the last 30 years, which is writing, and my books and articles cover a broad range of topics in several genres (Read my novella A Dove Descending here). My serious academic research has been in the area of aesthetics, with two books – The Aesthetics of Architecture and The Aesthetics of Music – that I would like to think have made a small contribution to their respective fields. In addition I have written essays, criticism, autobiography, invocations of country life, novels and poems (I discuss my intellectual identity here). You will also find on this site some traces of my hobby as an amateur composer (My opera 'Violet' is available here).

 

 The Disappeared

A New Novel by Roger Scruton

Published by Bloomsbury in March 2015

The Disappeared is a story of our times, of kidnap and rescue, of abuse and healing. It is the story of Stephen, a teacher whose love for the pupil who shares his dreams bring him face to face with ruin; of Sharon, the child of a feckless stepmother, and her criminal abusers; of Laura, the investigative high-flyer, now faced with rape and sexual slavery; of Justin, environmentalist and Heavy Metal fan, whose obsession with Muhibbah, rescued from forced marriage, spells disaster for them both. It is the story of a police force fearful of charges of racism, and a social worker, Iona, expected to make a viable community from fragments that will not join.
With dizzying speed The Disappeared uncovers the chaotic underworld of a Yorkshire city, its characters eventually stumbling across one another in a single catastrophe. A victim may bring redemption: but who will it be?

To buy The Disappeared please click Here

 

BBC 'A Point of View' Series

December 2014

Roger has just presented a three-part series on art for the BBC's News Magazine.  You can access all three articles and podcasts here

 

Most recent article

What should we be building today?

The Telegraph

15.12.2014

Whether or not our political class has the ability or the will to control immigration, we have to accept that many of the millions who have come to this country in the last two decades are here to stay, and will need to be housed. Without a massive expansion of the housing stock, prices will continue to rise and the pressure on planning laws and infrastructure will become increasingly difficult to manage. As a result we face a question that concerns every resident of Britain, and which must be addressed with true public spirit: how we should build. As the Government embarks on a programme of affordable building for first-time buyers, then, it is reassuring to note that a "design panel" of experts, including the architect Sir Terry Farrell, is being appointed to address exactly that issue.

To read the full article please click here

 

Roger in Canada April 2014

Listen to an interview with Roger based on a conference at McGill University, Montreal: Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton (April 2014).  You can also listen to Roger's lecture: The Experience of the Sacred as Lebenswelt.   

Please click Here

 

Roger in Australia May 2014

Liberty and Democracy in Western Civilisation

Institute of Public Affairs Sydney

14.5.2014

To view video of event click here

 

 

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