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Professor Roger Scruton

Visiting Professor at University of St Andrews and University of Oxford

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).

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector...

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2017

The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for...

Child Protection in the Digital Age

I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment...

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Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

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Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

There’s been a familiar narrative emerging since Thursday’s vote – this was the left behind white working class getting one over the London-centric political and...

The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

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