Gentle Regrets: Thoughts from a Life
Roger Scruton is Britain's best known intellectual dissident, who has defended English traditions and English identity against an official culture of denigration. Although his writings on philosophical aesthetics have shown him to be a leading authority in the field, his defence of political conservatism has marked him out in academic circles as public enemy number one. Wh...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic
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I got a lot from this book. I especially liked the chapter on why Roger Scruton became a conservative, and also the chapter about music. We're talking about "serious" music here - you know, actual music (I add that I also like the chapter on music in The Closing Of The American Mind by Allan Bloom, which says something about my musical tastes--but nothing, note, about Roger Scruton's). In the chapter on music, RS makes the observation that there is a current school amongst opera directors to do...more
The sheer beauty that pervades through the reflections in the first half of this book is almost entirely lost when one passes the half-way mark and finds oneself scanning through the rambling descriptions of characters and conference rooms in central Europe during the Soviet era, and page after polemic page dedicated to the assertion of a conservative view on music and architecture, which serves to heavy the eyelids more than anything else, despite this reader's strong sympathies towards these p...more
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.More about Roger Scruton...