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What do we mean by 'culture'? This word, purloined by journalists to denote every kind of collective habit, lies at the centre of contemporary debates about the past and future of society. In this thought-provoking book, Roger Scruton argues for the religious origin of culture in all its forms, and mounts a defence of the 'high culture' of our civilization against its radi...more
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Published January 3rd 2013 by Bloomsbury Continuum (first published June 15th 2005)
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David
I agreed with many of the points in this book, maybe the only one i disagreed with was his take on marriage, but he argues his point so well as to the decline in a stable family in modern culture that its hard to argue against it. People need something to believe in to give their life purpose and direction, and he's right in saying that popular culture is a youth culture and that people dont seem to grow out of it, there is no rite of passage into adulthood because a lot of people want to contin...more
Tim
I like Scruton's books, but this is the weakest one I've read. He’s conservative in the manner of the British philosopher he is, so in a very reasoned way and quite different from much the term implies for Americans in the context of our virtually content-free and logically-challenged contemporary excuse for political discourse. The book takes TS Eliot’s Notes on the Definition of Culture as its point of departure, ranges through concepts and definitions of culture since the term came into use d...more
Kformanssi Artti
Kannatti lukea tämä kirja.En ensimmäisellä lukukerralla ole kaikista yksityis-kohdista yhtämieltä tekijän kanssa,mihin osaltaan vaikuttaa oman kielitaitoni rajallisuus,että kirjan noin 170 sivua,jotka varmsti asettivat esille otettujen asioiden käsittelylle omat rajoituksensa.
Kirja alkaa kulttuurin määrittelemisestä Johann Gottfried Herderitä ja siitä kuinka sekä saksalaiset romantikot että klassisistit kehittivät käsitettä.Lisäksi kirjoittaja käsittelee kulttuurin uskonnollista alkuperää sen(ku...more
WG
This collection of essays by British conservative Roger Scruton starts out promising and quickly turns sour. While his erudition and grasp of art history are unquestionably sound, as the first essays make inescapably clear, the latter part of the book descends into a reactionary diatribe against poorly constructed straw men, attacking such targets as an unrecognizable entity to which Scruton appends the sobriquet ‘popular culture’ and a caricatured version of postmodern scholarship that has alre...more
Sophie
He gets Britpop so wrong. Comically wrong. Wow. It's basically level 9000 "you kids get off my lawn"-ery and an almost unbelievable feat of misinterpretation.
I like him in a weird way but as usual, he seems more preoccupied with conveying his indignation at damn kids these days and describing anything he doesn't like as "sordid" than with actual analysis.
Miss Karen Jean Martinson
I disagree with a lot of what Scruton says, but I admire the way he says it - there's a rigor to his argument and a willingness to create a discussion that I appreciate.
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Roger Vernon Scruton is a self-employed English philosopher and writer, known in the UK as a key figure in the "New Right" in the 1980s and 1990s. He currently lives in rural Wiltshire, but was a professor of philosophy at Boston University from 1992 to 1995, and subsequently a professor at Birkbeck College, London.
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