Scrutopia Summer School Announcement

Following on from the Government’s latest COVID-19 public statement we are sorry to announce it is not possible to hold the Scrutopia Summer School between the 29th July and 7th August this summer. We feel the Summer School is all about friendship, socialising and intimate seminars which would be difficult to conduct in our present situation. In addition, air travel is likely to be extremely difficult.

This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone and the health, safety and enjoyment of all those that attend and are involved with the summer school remains our number one priority.

We apologise for the delay in making this announcement but are grateful to you all for your support and co-operation at this busy time. Sophie and I would like to take this opportunity to thank and wish you well through this challenging time.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Dr Martin Mansell MD FRCP LLM Consultant Nephrologist has died of Covid-19. Martin enrolled in the University of Buckingham MA in Philosophy 2018/19 and was supervised by Sir Roger and by Samuel Hughes. He also attended the Scrutopia Summer School Alumni meeting of 2019 ( see picture: A visit to Knight's Mill)  and is fondly remembered for his kindness, his lively scepticism and his searching questions in pursuit of truth. He was deeply interested in the ethics of organ donation, researching legal and moral questions surrounding the work to which he had devoted his distinguished professional life.

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Wagner’s Parsifal by Roger Scruton review – in defence of the insufferable - The Guardian, 30 May 2020

Wagner’s Parsifal by Roger Scruton review – in defence of the insufferable. Stuart Jefferies for The Guardian.
Nietzsche famously called Wagner’s last opera poisonous, but does its theme of redemption offer an antidote to our ills?

Read the full article HERE

Wagner's Parsifal - due for release 7th May 2020

‘Wagner’s Parsifal – The Music of Redemption’ 

This short but penetrating book, by a writer who was uniquely both a leading philosopher and musicologist, shows us how Wagner achieves this profound work, explaining the story, its musical ideas, and their coming together into a sublime whole which gives us the musical equivalent of forgiveness and closure. There are few writers who can so enhance our understanding of one of the greatest works in western music.

Reviews - 

Scruton is one of the finest philosopher-musicians since Schopenhauer. Jonathan Gaisman, Standpoint

Highly original and penetrating ... he writes about the music authoritatively but comprehensibly... lucidly, cogently and even entertainingly. Tim Blanning, Literary Review


A brilliant gallop through the master's religious, musical and philosophical contexts. Sue Prideaux, Spectator


After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece. Economist

Find out more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/315/315017/wagner-s-parsifal/9780241419694.html

News from Scrutopia - 1st April 2020

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News from Scrutopia - 31st January 2020

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Building More, Building Beautiful.

We’ll make it easier to build beautiful homes, to end the myth that quality is the enemy of supply
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/25/make-easier-build-beautiful-homes-end-myth-quality-enemy-supply/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary. (Sunday Telegraph ‘Comment’ section 25 January 2020)

New homes that conform to local residents' ideas of beauty to be fast-tracked through planning system
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/01/25/new-homes-conform-local-residents-ideas-beauty-fast-tracked/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em
Edward Malnick, Sunday Political Editor. (The Telegraph, Front page Sunday 25th Jan 2020)

The Commission will be launching the final final on Thursday 30th January. 

Advance Order: The Classical Vernacular: Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism.

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The Classical Vernacular Carcanet Press (1995) 

We have requested a new print run of The Classical Vernacular and are taking advance orders. 

The essays, from the perspective of 'the classical vernacular', explore the nature and meaning of architecture, defending architecture without architects, and the 'vernacular tradition', that 'vulgar tongue' which is the natural language of space, proportion and light. He provides a comprehensive critique of modernism (not only the heartless modernism of architecture) from a serious intellectual perspective, based in a philosophical aesthetics which he has propounded in earlier books including The Politics of Culture (1981), The Aesthetic Understanding (1983) and The Philosopher on Dover Beach (1990), all published by Carcanet in its collections of Scruton's major essays and articles.

How to buy from us:

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The cost will be £25 plus P&P. Please note, a delivery date has not yet been secured so please be patient! Thank you. 

Latest Articles

News from Scrutopia - 3 July 2020

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Angels still sitting on my shoulder - The Critic, July 2020

Douglas Murray discusses the importance of intellectual mentors and reveals two who continue to guide him. A little while back I wrote something wildly unpopular and an acquaintance noted that...

Scrutopia Book Club

Scrutopia Book Club  Join us on Wednesday 29th July at 2pm GMT for the first in our series of virtual book club meetings. Register your interest with me via email: This email address...

News from Scrutopia - 29 May 20

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Recent Books

Roger Scruton: Philosopher on Dover Beach

Roger Scruton: Philosopher on Dover Beach

Bloomsbury (2009) Roger Scruton is one of the outstanding British philosophers of the post-war years. Why then is he at best ignored and at worst reviled? Part of the reason...

Wagner's Parsifal: The Music of Redemption

‘Wagner’s Parsifal – The Music of Redemption’  This short but penetrating book, by a writer who was uniquely both a leading philosopher and musicologist, shows us how Wagner achieves this...

Souls in the Twilight

Beaufort Books  (October 2018) As the lights that have guided us go out, people begin to wander in the twilight, seeking their place of belonging. In these stories, set in...

2020 Events

Postponed - Scrutopia Summer School

Scrutopia Alumni Thurs 27 August – Sun 30 August 2020

Virtual Book Club - Wed 29 July 20

Philosophy Day - Sat 25 July 20

Philosophy Day - Sun 26 July 20