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Culture Counts: Faith and Feeling in a World Besieged

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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. He shows our culture to be a continuing source of moral knowledge, and rebuts the fashionable sarcasm which sees it as nothing more tha ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published April 2nd 2007 by Encounter Books (first published 2007)
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Maughn Gregory
Dec 20, 2010 Maughn Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, education
It has been several years since I read a book from such a conservative point of view, and I was astonished to find that I agreed with so much of it. Scruton defends not only the humanities broadly speaking but classic Western art, philosophy, literature, music and architecture in particular, as containing moral, political and emotional knowledge so precious that, he argues, we should not think of teaching them as a benefit to students, but as a way of using students to conserve and perpetuate th ...more
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Oct 24, 2015 Malcolm Hebron rated it really liked it
In Culture Counts, Roger Scruton mounts a defence of the heritage of high culture of the West against what he perceives as its enemies: fanatical Islam (only glancingly referred to), the operations of the market (briefly discussed near the end) and, above all, the attitude of 'repudiation' advanced by multiculturalists in the universities. He argues that the literature, music and art handed down to us - or at any rate the best of it - contains a body of emotional and moral knowledge that is intr ...more
Bob Myer
Jan 24, 2009 Bob Myer rated it really liked it
This is a good read for anyone concerned about the state of Western culture. It is a good defense of why teaching classical Western culture matters and how those who want to keep the culture alive can act.
Miss Karen Jean Martinson
Aug 19, 2009 Miss Karen Jean Martinson rated it liked it
Shelves: research
At the limits of his arguments, we totally diverge, Scruton and I. But he makes some good point. I find his idea of protracted adolescence to be particularly apt.
John Morgan
Mar 19, 2008 John Morgan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in understanding culture and its importance
This is a very significant look at the importance of understanding culture and it's every day role in our lives. A small book with big ideas.
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This book, even if it's very clearly written, deserves to be read a lot times. It seems always knew. Any page is genial!
Edmund
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Shelves: philosophy, culture
It's great, but it's mostly a rehash of his "Modern Culture".
Steve
Sep 22, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
Excellent, apart from his reliance in the Enlightenment.
Christian Man
Oct 23, 2010 Christian Man is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Lame title, excellent thoughts.
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Feb 03, 2013 Dominic Aquila rated it it was amazing
Scruton at his best!
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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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