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Sir Roger Vernon Scruton, FBA, FRSL is an English philosopher and writer who specialises in aesthetics and political philosophy, particularly in the furtherance of traditionalist conservative views.

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Born (1944-02-27) 27 February 1944 (age 72)
Buslingthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Residence Brinkworth, Wiltshire, England
Education BA (philosophy, 1962–1965), PhD (aesthetics, 1967–1972), Jesus College, Cambridge
Occupation Philosopher, writer
Known for Traditionalist conservatism
Notable work The Meaning of Conservatism (1980); Sexual Desire (1986); The Aesthetics of Music (1997); How to Be a Conservative (2014)
Television Why Beauty Matters (BBC Two, 2009)
Spouse(s) Danielle Laffitte (m. 1973–1979);
Sophie Jeffreys (m.1996–present)
Children Two (born 1998 and 2000)
Parent(s) John Scruton; Beryl Claris Scruton (née Haynes)
Awards Medal of Merit (First Class) of the Czech Republic, October 1998
Website roger-scruton.com

Philosophy career
Era 20th- / 21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
Institutions
Main interests
Aesthetics, political philosophy, ethics

Sir Roger Vernon Scruton, FBA, FRSL (/ˈskrtən/; born 27 February 1944) is an English philosopher and writer who specialises in aesthetics and political philosophy, particularly in the furtherance of traditionalist conservative views.

Editor from 1982 to 2001 of The Salisbury Review, a conservative political journal, Scruton has written over 50 books on philosophy, art, music, politics, literature, culture, sexuality and religion; he has also written novels and two operas. His most notable publications include The Meaning of Conservatism (1980), Sexual Desire (1986), The Aesthetics of Music (1997) and How to Be a Conservative (2014). He has been a regular contributor to the popular media, including The Times, The Spectator and the New Statesman.

From 1971 to 1992 Scruton was a lecturer and professor of aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London, after which he held several part-time academic positions, including in the United States. He became known in the 1980s for helping to establish underground academic networks in Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe, for which he was awarded the Czech Republic's Medal of Merit (First Class) by President Václav Havel in 1998.

Scruton was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for "services to philosophy, teaching and public education". The Weekly Standard described him in 2014 as "England's most accomplished conservative since Edmund Burke".


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