Category Archives: Roger Scruton

Propaganda at Work

“The misuse of language is not only distasteful in itself, but actually harmful to the soul.”—Socrates No political party is immune to the misuse of language as a way of gaining power over others. Nevertheless, in recent decades the excesses … Continue reading

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Politics of Resentment

“Totalitarian ideologies are ways to recruit resentment.”—Roger Scruton The role of resentment in civil life is as old as Cain and Abel. We read of the terrible class strife between democrats and oligarchs in Athens and the conflict between plebeians … Continue reading

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Knowing What to Feel

“We ‘rehearse’ our sympathies through our encounter with fictions, and so come to ‘know what to feel’ in situations that we have not previously encountered.”—Roger Scruton Scruton’s Culture Counts (Brief Encounters, 2007) is a slim but dense volume. By that … Continue reading

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Looking at Pictures with Sir Kenneth Clark

November is almost over and I finally have time to review an excellent book recommended by a friend – Looking at Pictures by Sir Kenneth Clark. This volume was published a few years before his famous documentary series, Civilisation (1969), … Continue reading

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More on Metaphysics

Not long after reading Roger Scruton’s The Soul of the World I picked up Etienne Gilson’s short but insightful essay, Reason and Revelation in the Middle Ages (1938), in which he discusses the metaphysical systems that preceded our present era (all … Continue reading

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The Soul of the World

A couple of months ago I commented on Roger Scruton’s new book, The Soul of the World, discussing his insightful views on society and the arts. I hesitated, however, to comment on the book’s overarching theme, since metaphysics is a … Continue reading

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The Sacred Space of Architecture

“[T]he new forms of architecture make no reference to the sacred origins of the city, and treat buildings as instruments, in something like the way that we have treated human beings as instruments.”—Roger Scruton The construction in the city block … Continue reading

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Human Rights and Wrongs

I’m continuing my discussion of Roger Scruton’s view of rights and freedom. Already mentioned is the transition in recent generations from “freedom rights” to “claim rights.” In the place of older notions of liberty are new expectations about the “quality … Continue reading

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Roger Scruton: First Person Plural

“[F]reedom is fully realized only in the world of persons, bound together by rights and duties that are morally recognized.”—Roger Scruton In a work that deals with the big issues of metaphysics, psychology and aesthetics, Scruton’s chapter on human rights … Continue reading

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Scruton on God and Persons

With little free time on my hands during the holidays, my approach to Roger Scruton’s An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Philosophy was to skim over the sections on epistemology and the related “subject-object” question of Kantian morality. Admittedly my amateur cogitating has always … Continue reading

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