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Culture Counts: Faith and Feeling in a World Besieged
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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Dec 20, 2010 Maughn Gregory rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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
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
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...