Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton

Author (1944-2020)

Eminent writer and philosopher, Professor Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020) taught for over three decades at institutions on both sides of the Atlantic including Birkbeck College, Boston University and  the University of Buckingham. He was the author of over forty books. In his work as a philosopher he had specialised in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He wrote several works of fiction, as well as memoirs and essays on topics of general interest. He engaged in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and was well known as a powerful polemicist.

He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy. He was officially honoured by the Czech Republic, by the City of Plzen and by Virginia’s General Assembly. In 2004 he received the Ingersoll Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters. In 2015 he published 3 books, all of which were chosen among publications as ‘Books of the Year’. In 2016 he was recipient of the Polish Lech Kaczynski Foundation’s Medal for Courage and Integrity, was awarded the Italian Masi Prize for the Culture of Wine in recognition of his book I Drink Therefore I Am (Bevo, dunque sono), and was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Art and Imagination (1974)
The Aesthetics of Architecture (1979)
The Meaning of Conservatism (1980)
The Politics of Culture and Other Essays (1981)
From Descartes to Wittgenstein: A Short History of Modern Philosophy (1981)
A Dictionary of Political Thought (1982)
The Aesthetic Understanding (1983)
Kant (1983)
Untimely Tracts (1985)
Thinkers of the New Left (1985)
Sexual Desire: A Moral Philosophy of the Erotic (1986)
Spinoza (1987)
A Land Held Hostage: Lebanon and the West (1987)
The Philosopher on Dover Beach and Other Essays (1989)
Conservative Texts (1992)
Modern Philosophy (1994)
The Classical Vernacular: Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism (1995)
Animal Rights and Wrongs (1996)
An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Philosophy (1996); republished in 2005 as Philosophy: Principles and Problems
The Aesthetics of Music (1997)
An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Culture (1998)
On Hunting (1998)
Spinoza (1998)
England: An Elegy (2001)
The West and the Rest: Globalisation and the Terrorist Threat (2002)
Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Oxford University Press, 2004)
News from Somewhere: On Settling (2004)
The Need for Nations (2004)
Gentle Regrets: Thoughts from a Life (Continuum, 2005)
Animal Rights and Wrongs (2006)
A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism (2006)
Immigration, Multiculturalism and the Need to Defend the Nation State (2006)
Culture Counts: Faith and Feeling in a World Besieged (Encounter Books, 2007)
Dictionary of Political Thought (2007)
Beauty (2009)
I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher’s Guide to Wine (2009)
Understanding Music (2009)
The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of False Hope (2010)
Green Philosophy (2011)
The Roger Scruton Reader (2011)
How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism (2012)
The Face of God: The Gifford Lectures (2012)
Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England (2012)
The Soul of the World (2014)
How to Be a Conservative (2014)
Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left (2015)
The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung (2016)
Conversations with Roger Scruton (2016)
Confessions of a Heretic: Selected Essays (2016)
On Human Nature (2017)
Conservatism: Ideas in Profile (2017)
The State of Britain Now (2017)
Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition (2018)
Music as an Art (2018)
Wagner’s Parsifal: The Music of Redemption (2020)

Fortnight’s Anger: a novel (1981)
Francesca: a novel (1991)
A Dove Descending and Other Stories (1991)
Xanthippic Dialogues (1993)
Perictione in Colophon (2000)
Notes from Underground (2014)
The Disappeared (2015)
Souls in the Twilight (2018)

Roger Scruton @Roger_Scruton

Wonderful final day at Srutopia ⁦@Roger_Scruton⁩ discussing “Central Europe, Russia and Ukraine from a Scrutonian perspective”.

So good to be at the ⁦@Roger_Scruton⁩ Scrutopia Alumni Meeting in Sherborne House. Excellent afternoon with Anthony O’Hear on “Myth and the Lebenswelt” and Gary Chamberlain on “Edmund Husserl and the Lebenswelt”

News from Scrutopia -

Spaces still available for the 2022 Scrutopia Summer School. Apply now at @prospect_uk

Scrutopia Summer School Fellowship notice!
New Generation Research Exchange:
Roger Scruton Philosophy Symposium Fellowships
Closing date for applications - 27th May. Full details:

I studied for my MA in this type of format at @UniOfBuckingham with @Roger_Scruton, @SCP_Hughes, @RalphStefanWeir and others and I would highly recommend. I am sure it will be excellent with Simon Heffer, @dcsandbrook and Co.

The @Roger_Scruton page at Audible. Nine titles available.

Great news from @RestoreTrustNT on the appointment of our friend and fellow Scrutonian, Zewditu Gebreyohanes!

I am very excited to be teaching in a new MA Program in the Humanities at @RalstonCollege. Please spread the good word about this exciting opportunity at an institution committed to the life of the mind, and to the spirit of liberty that makes it possible:

"Roger Scruton was a long time friend of New Direction, it's only right that we should honour his legacy with an event dedicated to his philosophy." - New Direction President @TomaszPoreba on our first #Nostos Conference.

Join us for this special event:

We're pleased to announce our first #Nostos Conference - exploring conservative philosophy and the legacy of Sir Roger Scruton.

Join us in Oslo on Saturday 21 May:

News from Scrutopia -

We invite you to join us for the next Scrutopia Book Club meeting on Beauty with @SCP_Hughes. Register to join us on Friday 29th April via Eventbrite

Making summer plans? Check out CSS' fellowship programs—held in both Europe and North America—which offer young professionals the opportunity to study the principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty in a thoughtful, social, and invigorating environment.

Join us at this summer at Scrutopia. Further details available on the website

News from Scrutopia -

Remembering Roger. Today we share this article from an MA student at the University of Zagreb. A short reflection, a sign of gratitude and to honour his memory.

News from Scrutopia -

We would, once again, like to extend our gratitude to the city of Brno for remembering Roger Scruton by honouring him with Honorary Citizenship:

We wish the people of Brno, and their home nation of the Czech Republic, many happy and prosperous years

Roger Scruton has been awarded Honorary Citizenship (in memoriam) of the City of Brno in the Czech Republic. The City Council of Brno gave the honour on Tuesday 7 December 2021.