Roger Scruton

Sir Roger Vernon Scruton FBA FRSL (/ˈskrtən/; 27 February 1944  12 January 2020) was an English philosopher and writer who specialised in aesthetics and political philosophy, particularly in the furtherance of traditionalist conservative views.[3][4]

Roger Scruton

Roger Vernon Scruton

(1944-02-27)27 February 1944
Died12 January 2020(2020-01-12) (aged 75)
Alma materMA (philosophy, 1962–1965),[lower-alpha 1] PhD (aesthetics, 1967–1972), Jesus College, Cambridge
OccupationPhilosopher, writer
Known forTraditionalist conservatism
Notable work
The Meaning of Conservatism (1980); Sexual Desire (1986); The Aesthetics of Music (1997); How to Be a Conservative (2014)
TelevisionWhy Beauty Matters (BBC Two, 2009)
  • Danielle Laffitte
    (m. 1973; div. 1979)
  • Sophie Jeffreys
    (m. 1996)

Philosophy career
Era20th-/21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interests
Aesthetics, political philosophy, ethics

Editor from 1982 to 2001 of The Salisbury Review, a conservative political journal, Scruton wrote over 50 books on philosophy, art, music, politics, literature, culture, sexuality, and religion; he also wrote novels and two operas. His most notable publications include The Meaning of Conservatism (1980), Sexual Desire (1986), The Aesthetics of Music (1997), and How to Be a Conservative (2014).[5] He was a regular contributor to the popular media, including The Times, The Spectator, and the New Statesman.

Scruton embraced conservatism after witnessing the May 1968 student protests in France. From 1971 to 1992 he was a lecturer and professor of aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London, after which he held several part-time academic positions, including in the United States.[6] In the 1980s he helped to establish underground academic networks in Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe, for which he was awarded the Czech Republic's Medal of Merit (First Class) by President Václav Havel in 1998.[7] Scruton was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for "services to philosophy, teaching and public education".[8]