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Professor Roger Scruton - Fellow

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Roger Scruton is an adjunct scholar of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. Prior to that he was a research professor for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. He is a fellow of Blackfriars Hall in Oxford and a member of the Philosophy Faculty. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of St Andrews.

He is a writer, philosopher and public commentator who has specialised in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates as a powerful conservative thinker and polemicist. He has written widely in the press on political and cultural issues defending a conservative position. His recent books include:

England: an Elegy (Continuum, 2006), an attempt to give identity to the idea of England and a tribute to its values and institutions.

Beauty (Oxford University Press, 2009) in which the place of beauty for the modern world and its value to individuals is explored. He then presented a BBC 2 documentary on the subject of Beauty.

The Uses of Pessimism (Atlantic Books, 2010) in which he argues that the tragedies and disasters of the history of the European continent have been the consequences of a false optimism and the fallacies that derive from it.

His latest book is Our Church: A Personal History of the Anglican Church (Atlantic Books).