Sir Roger Scruton

Sir Roger is one of the world’s leading philosophers in the field of aesthetics. Having graduated with honors from Cambridge, he has subsequently held positions at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions including the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, Princeton, and Boston. Called to the Bar after his studies at the Inns of Court in London, he is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy. Moreover, Sir Roger has been awarded the Czech Republic’s Medal for Merit in recognition of his efforts to establish an underground university in Czechoslovakia during its last decade of communism. Today he serves as a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. But his principal activity remains what it has been for the last 30 years, which is writing. Sir Roger is an astonishingly prolific writer on a broad range of topics in several genres. His serious academic research has been in the area of aesthetics, with two books – The Aesthetics of Architecture and The Aesthetics of Music – that have made important contributions to their respective fields. In addition he has written essays, criticism, autobiography, invocations of country life, novels, and poems. Deeply devoted to classical music, he is also an accomplished amateur composer, having written two well-received operas and the libretto for a third.

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