“Sir Roger Scruton (knighted by the queen in 2016) is the greatest living English philosopher, and he’s a conservative. It almost makes me want to cry.” John Dale Dunn
“Western civilization has come in for a lot of attack because it’s Western.” Roger Scruton
Editor’s Note: Dr. Scruton is dying of cancer; pray for his spiritual and mental wellbeing.
Editor’s Note: When I hear of British philosophers, I immediately think of C. E. M. Joad who overcame his atheism and wrote a book entitled The Recovery of Belief (1952). His conclusion, “I now believe that the balance of reasonable considerations tells heavily in favor of the religious, even of the Christian view of the world.”
Sir Roger Scruton (knighted by the queen in 2016) is the greatest living English philosopher, and he’s a conservative. It almost makes me wanna cry.
He is active and productive as author, essayist, and lecturer, and he is extremely effective as a debater and polemicist. He certainly is in the philosophy hall of fame based on his status as a refined and far ranging philosopher, specializing in aesthetics, like music and architecture, but always ready to engage on politics, culture, and morality. He is the ideal conservative philosopher in many ways, and I have yet to disagree with his analysis of things and his judgments. Of course, I can’t quite keep up, so I will have to assume he still hits the ball correctly and smartly. He has written more than 50 books and a silo full of essays and commentaries.