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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

Articles by Roger Scruton

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Robert Nozick, anarcho-capitalist

The import of his greatest work made Robert Nozick a figure of political as well as philosophical importance.

Viktor Orbán's triumph

Hungary’s recent politics and closely-contested election have been dominated by its youthful prime minister. Whatever his political fate, he has played a historic role in reshaping his country’s identity after communism.

Response to Pierre Bourdieu

So far the European project has involved precisely what Bourdieu deplores - namely governments progressively divesting themselves of 'the power to control economic forces'.

From walking to railways

The railways are in seemingly inexorable decline in the country that invented them. As the debate on Ecology & Place moves from walking to rail travel, the co-editors see an intrinsic connection between revivifying rail travel and repairing society. But can either withstand the relentless spread of the motor vehicle?

After planning: movement within settlement

The debate on planning, just concluded, has underlined the importance of aesthetic considerations; the forthcoming debate on transport will similarly broaden the topic by viewing it in the light of culture, history, and people’s everyday experience.

Terror and globalisation: Islam outside the state

The only way to grasp the nature of the challenge represented by Osama bin Laden and its followers is via a true understanding of globalisation. But that will take the champions of this idea into uncomfortable territory, says Roger Scruton.

The future is classical

Modernist architecture is more than a failure; it is a mistake. It has degraded our cities and ruptured the dialogue across generations essential to civic life. The future lies in a return to the principles of classicism: “fittingness” of building and settlement, part and whole, people and dwellings.

After the white papers: green dreams, brown sites, blue sky

City & Country’s two editors, one from the Wiltshire countryside and the other from Hackney in London, join forces in search of a new urban-rural relationship.
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