SIR ROGER SCRUTON (1944-2020), the distinguished philosopher and public intellectual, taught at many institutions on both sides of the Atlantic including Birkbeck College, Boston University, and the University of Buckingham. He was the author of more than forty books. In his work as a philosopher he specialized in aesthetics, giving particular attention to music and architecture. He also wrote several novels, as well as memoirs and essays on topics of general interest. He engaged in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and was well known as a powerful polemicist. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy and was officially honored by the Czech Republic, by the City of Plzen, and by Virginia’s General Assembly. In 2004 he received the Ingersoll Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters. In 2016 he was recipient of the Polish Lech Kaczynski Foundation’s Medal for Courage and Integrity, was awarded the Italian Masi Prize for the Culture of Wine in recognition of his book I Drink Therefore I Am, and was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
An essential volume of essays commissioned by the American Spectator and edited by the philosopher Roger Scruton, Liberty and Civilization examines the intellectual and spiritual traditions of our belief in individual liberty, from its Judeo Christian origins on through Enlightenment philosophy.
What is culture? Why should we preserve it, and how? In this book renowned philosopher Roger Scruton defends Western culture against its internal critics and external enemies, and argues that rumours of its death are seriously exaggerated.