On Human Nature, The Margaret Beaufort Institute

'Why the Left is winning, and why it shouldn’t' Oxford Union - Dec 17

'The Crisis of Liberty in the West' - Acton Institute, December 16

The Crisis of Liberty in the West
Thu, Dec 1 from 10:00am - 5:30pm - Politics & Society
The West today is in a state of crisis. Facing immense domestic economic and political problems, North America, Europe, and other Western nations are also struggling to address existential threats from without. But above all, the West appears to be suffering from a crisis of self-belief: one which touches centrally upon its attachment to the tradition of ordered liberty in politics, freedom in the economy, strong civil societies, and, perhaps above all, the unique synthesis of faith and reason that is at the root of Western civilization.

"The Idea of a Secular Society" The Benedictus Trust (Jun 15)

It is possible to have a secular society?

The theme of the Conference was Continuity, Challenge or Change? European Cultural and Intellectual Identity before and after the Enlightenment. Roger was the Keynote Speaker.

"The Only True Conservationist is a Conservative" The Coleridge Lectures, Bristol Festival of Ideas (Mar 15)

Who is thy neighbour?

Roger argues that the only true conservationist and environmentalist is a Conservative. Conservatism is far better suited to tackle environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism; rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must all assume personal responsibility and foster local sovereignty.

Latest Articles

'Classical music is a unifying tonic in a world awash with trivial noise and identity politics' The Telegraph - Aug 18

Do concert halls offer something people used to get out of church? All over the British Isles, during the summer months, there are festivals devoted to classical music. Some have...

"The art of taking offence" The Spectator - Aug 18

The emerging witch-hunt culture would be an object of half-amused contempt, were we still protected, as we were until recently, by the robust law of libel. It is still possible...

National Review Interview - What it means to be a Conservative. July 18

Sir Roger Scruton speaks to Madeleine Kearns for The National Review. The full interview can be found online HERE. The celebrated philosopher talks to National Review about what conservatism is, isn’t, and...

'What Trump Doesn't Get About Conservatism' The New York Times, July 18

I have devoted a substantial part of my intellectual life to defining and defending conservatism, as a social philosophy and a political program. Each time I think I have hit...

Recent Books

Souls in the Twilight

Beaufort Books  (October 2018) As the lights that have guided us go out, people begin to wander in the twilight, seeking their place of belonging. In these stories, set in...

Music as an Art

Bloomsbury  (August 2018) Music as an Art begins by examining music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German...

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Bloomsbury (November 2017) Addressing one of the most politically turbulent periods in modern British history, philosopher Roger Scruton asks how, in these circumstances, we can come to define our identity,...

2018 Events

20 Sept - Prayer Book Society Conference, Cirencester

4-12 Oct - America

17-19 October - Germany