Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton

In Memoriam, 1944-2020


Sir Roger Scruton was a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a philosopher, writer, and public commentator widely known for his work on aesthetics and culture and for his defense of conservative political philosophy.

Mr. Scruton was the author of more than forty books, ranging in subject matter from academic works on aesthetics, art, and music to popular accounts of conservatism, utopianism, and political philosophy to personal reflections on drinking wine and hunting.

A prolific essayist, Mr. Scruton regularly wrote columns and essays for such publications as The New StatesmanThe American SpectatorThe New Criterion, and The New Atlantis, where he was a contributing editor. He was also the editor of The Salisbury Review from its founding in 1982 until 2001.

In addition to his nonfiction, he wrote two novels and several short stories, and has composed two operas (The Minister and Violet).

Mr. Scruton taught philosophy and aesthetics at Princeton, Oxford, the University of St. Andrews, Boston University, and Birkbeck College. He was also a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a research fellow at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. In 2011, Mr. Scruton delivered the Stanton Lectures at the Divinity School at the University of Cambridge. In 2010, he delivered the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews. In 2009, he wrote and narrated an acclaimed hour-long BBC documentary, Why Beauty Matters.

Mr. Scruton was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (since 2003) and a fellow of the British Academy (since 2008). In 1998, he was awarded the Medal of Merit of the Czech Republic, one of that nation’s highest state honors, in recognition for his role in the “underground university” he had helped establish in Czechoslovakia in the last decade of communism. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

The Fury of the Modernists

Published in The American Conservative on December 13, 2018

Tradition, Culture, and Citizenship

Published in Law and Liberty on December 18, 2017

The Case for Nations

Published in Wall Street Journal on June 3, 2017

The Virtue of Irrelevance

Published in Future Symphony Institute on February 2, 2017

What’s the Point of Education?

Published in Spectator (UK) on November 3, 2016

Clown Prince of the Revolution

Published in City Journal on September 29, 2016

Who Are We?

Published in Prospect (UK) on July 14, 2016

Universities’ War Against Truth

Published in Spectator (UK) on June 11, 2016

The End of the University

Published in First Things - April 2015 issue

Inequality Matters

Published in Forbes on October 30, 2014

My Brain and I

Published in The New Atlantis - Spring 2014 issue on October 16, 2014

Air Strikes Are Not Enough To Defeat ISIS

Published in Forbes on October 11, 2014

The Culture Of Soft Power

Published in Forbes on August 18, 2014

Renewing Culture

Published in Forbes on July 20, 2014

Why Iraq Is A Write-Off

Published in Forbes on June 23, 2014

Human Rights: Nonsense On Stilts?

Published in Forbes on May 20, 2014

A Triumph for the Boston Bombers

Published in Forbes on April 18, 2014

The Questions That Have No Answers

Published in New Statesman on September 23, 2013

No Mere Academic

Published in American Spectator on September 2, 2013

Is Democracy Overrated?

Published in BBC News Magazine on August 9, 2013

The Meaning of Margaret Thatcher

Published in The Times of London on April 18, 2013