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.

I recently delivered a series of talks (all of which are available to read in the Articles section of this site) for the BBC Radio 4's Point of View programme, in which I explored the nature and limits of democracy. 

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).

 

Most recent article

Inequality Matters

Forbes Online

30.10.2014

There are two familiar responses to the problem of human need. Conservatives say that the problem is poverty, and the answer is to create wealth. Liberals say that the problem is inequality, and that the answer is to confiscate wealth. Conservatives say that by confiscating wealth, socialist and communist systems of government throughout the 20th century raised no one out of poverty, but lowered quite a lot of people into it. Liberals retort that wealth-creation always benefits the owners of capital more than it benefits those who live from wages, and therefore the long-term effect of the free economy is to transfer property from the poor to the rich. How, they ask, can this be a benefit to the poor, and in any case how are we to persuade the poor to accept it?

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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