Philosopher on Dover Beach

roger-scruton-philosopher-on-dover-beachSt. Augustine's Press (1989)

In this collection of previously published essays, Scruton casts his philosophically conservative mind over a variety of subjects from Hegel to politics, from literature to art, and from aesthetics to the deficiencies of analytic philosophy.

Each essay has been constructed with considerable care, and the positions taken are clearly stated and soundly argued. Though not every reader will concur with Scruton's views, there is much of value here. He shows, as have an increasing number of recent writers, that the philosopher-critic is alive and well. One can only hope that this trend continues, and that it will form an antidote to the deconstructionist mentality which has pervaded Western critical thought during the last few years. Recommended for all academic libraries.

- Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ., Lennoxville, Quebec
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

"It is a great pity that we in the United States do not have our own Roger Scruton. As his new collection of essays reminds us, he is an accomplished philosopher who writes trenchantly about many important political, social and religious issues, who cares passionately about art and culture and who is also a brilliant conservative polemicist." – Roger Kimball, New York Times Book Review

"Each essay has been constructed with considerable care, and the positions taken are clearly stated and soundly argued. . . . He shows . . . that the philosopher-critic is alive and well... Recommended for all academic libraries." – Library Journal

350 pages, ISBN: 978-1-890318-60-4

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