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About Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton is a philosopher, writer, political activist and businessman. He is a professor in the department of philosophy at St Andrews University and a scholar at the American Entreprise Institute. His home on the web is http://www.roger-scruton.com/.
Articles by Roger Scruton
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The Polish philosopher’s intellectual journey was marked by a lengthy, careful demolition of Marxism. The stifling influence of this ideology and its outgrowths and variants in the western academy make Leszek Kolakowski’s achievement all the greater - and more surprising, says Roger Scruton.
(This article was first published on 28 July 2009)
The argument over the application of sharia in Britain highlights the difference between Christian and Muslim visions of law, says Roger Scruton.
The great Swedish filmmaker, who died on 30 July 2007, made art that speaks profoundly to the truth of ourselves, says Roger Scruton.
The American philosopher typified and even perfected a form of exclusionary postmodern argument that depended on burying truth, says Roger Scruton.
The 300th anniversary of the Act of Union on 1 May 1707, which completed the merger of the English and Scottish crowns, provides an occasion to reflect on the future of a kingdom which, though united in name, is increasingly divided in aspiration. The voting preferences of the Scots, and the openness with which separation is now advocated north of the border speak for themselves.
The British prime minister has replaced real politics with a carefully crafted fiction, says Roger Scruton.
The problem revealed by 9/11, far from resolved five years on, is of a radical Islamism driven by "transferable grievance", says Roger Scruton.
The heart of the war in Lebanon is Hizbollah's challenge to Lebanon's national sovereignty, says Roger Scruton.
Francis Fukuyama's historicism fails to accommodate two contemporary political realities and in the process misunderstands history itself, says Roger Scruton.
Jane Jacobs's book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" changed the way people thought about urban planning, the street and the character of cities. Roger Scruton reflects on the relevance of its message today.
The integrity of Britain's political settlement is assailed by New Labour government, commercial lobbyists and pressure-group interests. The Power inquiry is right that reform is needed, but the public itself must take charge of the debate, says Roger Scruton.
The argument for supranational European governance strikes at the root of democracy, says Roger Scruton.
In its silence about Islam and its hostility to the United States, Anthony Barnett & Isabel Hilton’s definition of the threats to democracy fails to convince Roger Scruton.
The ideas of English conservative thinker Maurice Cowling had a profound influence on the countrys intellectual life. Roger Scruton assesses his legacy.
Gara LaMarches portrait of a conservative takeover of American political institutions and public culture is tendentious and inaccurate, says Roger Scruton; it is also based on a misunderstanding of what an open society is.
Lebanons recovery of national independence requires a full accounting of Syrias role in its destruction, says Roger Scruton.
The Madrid conference marking the anniversary of the March 2004 terrorist attacks must not be imprisoned in the chains of political correctness, says Roger Scruton.
The way leftists and openDemocracy writers stereotype their political opponents in the American election reveals a thoughtdenying prejudice, says Roger Scruton.
Even before the British government of Tony Blair first proposed to ban hunting with dogs in England and Wales two years ago, thus provoking massive protest demonstrations involving hundreds of thousands of people, openDemocracy realised that this polarising issue required discussion and dialogue between voices on different sides of the argument. The result was our debate of June–December 2002, “Hunting culture – is there a place for hunting in the modern world?”
David Helds advocacy of global social democracy in response to the worlds crises is the wrong answer to real problems, says Roger Scruton.
Tony Blairs infatuation with the United States has deformed his political judgment. But his careless treatment of Britains unwritten constitution owes too little rather than too much to American influence.
The German philosopher Immanuel Kant developed his thought in the era of global conflict sparked by the American and French Revolutions. His response was an appeal to enlightenment, law and reason. Two hundred years on, the distinguished English philosopher Roger Scruton asks: where would Kants principles lead him today?
Food is meaning not just nourishment, ritual not just consumption, ceremony not just act, familial and social relationship not just individual ingestion. But profound and increasingly global changes in the way people eat have eclipsed these truths. In a provocative essay that seasons deep learning with wine, wit, and warmth, Roger Scruton toasts the plenitude of a fully human culture of food, and warns of the dangers attending its loss.
Protest in defence of a minoritys rights in a democracy - whether hunters or homosexuals - is justified. But only one of these activities is under legal assault in Britain.
The packaging of new protest movements by modern leftist intellectuals reveals a selective focus on favoured causes feminism, racism, gay rights. This post1968 template evades concerns, such as foxhunting, that animate masses of ordinary people. From shallow argument it generates a politics without principle.
Do international summits work for people at the sharp end of global poverty? Maria Adebowale of Capacity Global and the philosopher Roger Scruton discuss the issue with Caspar Henderson, Globalisation editor of openDemocracy.
Landscapes are made and maintained as well as natural. The uniqueness of the English rural landscape is that it has been created and sustained by the conjoined efforts of generations of farmers and hunters. Moreover, the huntergatherer instinct belonging without owning is at the root of Englishness.
How is the sense of place, essential to peoples ability to find meaning in the world, being affected by transformations of landscape in the age of globalisation? openDemocracys City&Country editors introduce a new debate.
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