Scrutopia Summer School 30 July - 8 August ***COURSE NOW FULL***

The study group would provide a ten day immersion experience in the philosophy and outlook of Sir Roger Scruton, the British writer and philosopher who has inspired many searching people to believe in Western civilisation and its legacy. Sir Roger will lead the course of study, which will take place in and around his house near historic Malmesbury in the Cotswolds.    

Residents would be housed in the Royal Agricultural University in nearby Cirencester, a charming Victorian Gothic college that provides comfortable accommodation and excellent food. Provisional accommodation has been secured from Sunday 30th July through until Tuesday 8th August.

There will be visits to nearby historical sites, including the Avebury Stone Circle, the Bath Museums and the Chedworth Roman Villa, which will provide an experience of the historical depth of this unique part of England.

The aim is to assemble a group of not more than 20 committed people, with a shared interest in culture and in all that is involved in passing it on. Each day will begin with a talk from Sir Roger followed by a discussion. Reading and discussion in the afternoon will lead to a formal presentation, either by Sir Roger or a distinguished visiting speaker, and the evenings will involve concerts, readings, or further discussion over wine. Aspiring writers, composers and artists will be invited to submit samples of their work for criticism, and discussions will be organised around a curriculum of readings chosen to illustrate some of the major intellectual issues of our day.

            Provisional topics include the nature of philosophy, why beauty matters, the art of writing, figurative painting, the Western inheritance, the meaning of conservatism, musical order, real environmentalism, understanding wine and the life of friendship. We will also provide a piano trio for an evening of Beethoven (the Archduke) and Dvorak (the Dumky).

Some appreciation of the environment can be gleaned from the film presented by Alicja Gecinska for Belgian television, a short clip from which can be viewed on YouTube. Opportunities to walk, ride and ponder in the beautiful local countryside will be many, and events will take place at the Scruton residence as well as at Cirencester.

The fee for the course will be in the region of £2,500 or $3,000 to cover board and lodging and all other costs, apart from travel to and from the event, which will be the responsibility of each participant. We will close the list of participants when we have twenty firm commitments, who have paid the deposit of £250 necessary to secure a place on the course.

For further details please contact Izzy Brown, PA to Sir Roger Scruton via

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2017 Events

30 July - 8 Aug - Scrutopia Summer School

24-27 Aug - Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium, Venice

28 - 30th July - The 12th Annual Vanenburg Meeting, Berlin

2nd Sept - Philosophy in the Bookshop - Blackwells, Oxford

8-10th Oct - Forum 2000, Prague

15 - 17th Oct - Paris

21st Oct - Apple Festival, Sunday Hill Farm

29 Oct - 'Beauty & the Restoration of the Sacred' Conference, Chicago

30 Oct - 'Culture and Art in a Populist Age' ACII & EPPC Conference , Washington

1 Nov - Washington College

2 Nov - 'Tradition & Culture' Keynote lecture, St Johns University School of Law, New York

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