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Scruton, Roger

Works: 307 works in 1,520 publications in 7 languages and 39,701 library holdings
Genres: Introductions  Dictionaries  Biography  History  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Creator, Editor, Other, Librettist, Author of introduction, Translator, Contributor, Honoree
Classifications: B791, 190
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From Descartes to Wittgenstein : a short history of modern philosophy by Roger Scruton( Book )

91 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Short History of Modern Philosophy is a lucid, challenging and up-to-date survey of the philosophers and philosophies from the founding father of modern philosophy, René Descartes, to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Roger Scruton has been widely praised for his success in making the history of modern philosophy cogent and intelligible to anyone wishing to understand this fascinating subject. In this new edition, he has responded to the explosion of interest in the history of philosophy by substantially rewriting the book, taking account of recent debates and scholarship
The Palgrave Macmillan dictionary of political thought by Roger Scruton( Book )

74 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dictionary includes some 1790 entries covering every aspect of political thought and the revolutionary changes since the dictionary was first published in 1982. It will be of use to students of political science, philosophy, and jurisprudence
The meaning of conservatism by Roger Scruton( Book )

58 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 1,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book Description: First published in 1980, this contribution to political thought is a statement of the traditional conservative position. Roger Scruton challenges those who would regard themselves as conservatives, and also their opponents. Conservatism, he argues, has little in common with liberalism, and is only tenuously related to the market economy, to monetarism, to free enterprise or to capitalism. It involves neither hostility towards the state, nor the desire to limit the state's obligation towards the citizen. Its conceptions of society, law and citizenship regard the individual not as the premise but as the conclusion of politics. At the same time it is fundamentally opposed to the ethic of social justice, to equality of station, opportunity, income and achievement, and to the attempt to bring major institutions of society such as schools and universities under government control
The West and the rest : globalization and the terrorist threat by Roger Scruton( Book )

30 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The West and the Rest, Scruton argues that to comprehend Islamist terrorism, one must understand what is unique - and what is potentially dangerous - about Western institutions, ideas, and technology." "Scruton shows how the different religious and philosophical roots of Western and Islamic societies have resulted in those societies' profoundly divergent beliefs about the nature of political order. For one thing, the idea of the social contract, crucial to the self-conception of Western nations, is entirely absent in Islamic societies. Similarly, Scruton explains why the notions of territorial jurisdiction, citizenship, and the independent legitimacy of secular authority and law are both specifically Western and fundamentally antipathetic to Islamic thought."--Jacket
Beauty by Roger Scruton( Book )

29 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a book that is itself beautifully written, renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores this timeless concept, asking what makes an object--either in art, in nature, or the human form--beautiful.--From publisher description
The aesthetics of music by Roger Scruton( Book )

41 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is music, what is its value, and what does it mean? In this stimulating volume, Roger Scruton offers a comprehensive account of the nature and significance of music from the perspective of modern philosophy. The study begins with the metaphysics of sound. Scruton 7istinguishes sound from tone; analyzes rhythm, melody, and harmony; and explores the various dimensions of musical organization and musical meaning. Taking on various fashionable theories in the philosophy and theory of music, he presents a compelling case for the moral significance of music, its place in our culture, and the need for taste and discrimination in performing and listening to it. Laying down principles for musical analysis and criticism, this bold work concludes with a theory of culture--and a devastating demolition of modern popular music [Publisher description]
Modern philosophy : an introduction and survey by Roger Scruton( Book )

43 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roger Scruton is a leading philosopher and an important proponent of conservatism. In this, his most ambitious book to date, he offers a wide-ranging perspective on philosophy, from logic to aesthetics, written in a lively and engaging way that is sure to stimulate debate. Rather than producing a survey of an academic discipline, Scruton reclaims philosophy for worldly concerns.--From publisher description
An intelligent person's guide to philosophy by Roger Scruton( Book )

34 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book the philosopher Roger Scruton introduces philosophy by doing it. Taking the discipline beyond theory and "intellectualism," he presents it in an empirical, accessible, and practical light. Although he refers to the great philosophers, who have contributed to the largest body of literature devoted to a single subject, and who have shaped his own thinking, he offers not a history of the field but a vivid, energetic, and personal account to guide the reader making his or her own venture into philosophy. As he argues its relevance not just to intellectual questions but to contemporary life, Scruton masterfully presents philosophy as "a natural extension of our interest in truth, and a therapy for our modern conclusions.""--Jacket
Sexual desire : a moral philosophy of the erotic by Roger Scruton( Book )

35 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When John desires Mary or Mary desires John, what does either of them want? What is meant by innocence, passion, love and arousal, desire, perversion and shame? These are just a few of the questions Roger Scruton addresses in this thought-provoking intellectual adventure. Beginning from purely philosophical premises, and ranging over human life, art and institutions, he surveys the entire field of sexuality; equally dissatisfied with puritanism and permissiveness, he argues for a radical break with recent theories. Upholding traditional morality - though in terms that may shock many of its practitioners - his argument gravitates to that which is candid, serene and consoling in the experience of sexual love."--Publisher's description
Art and imagination : a study in the philosophy of mind by Roger Scruton( Book )

37 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An intelligent person's guide to modern culture by Roger Scruton( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The American edition of this famous and notorious work has been revised to take account of the controversy which it has inspired, and contains new material specially directed to Americans."--Jacket
The uses of pessimism and the danger of false hope by Roger Scruton( Book )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Korean and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author purports that unchecked optimism can be dangerous, and healthy pessimism favors a balanced appraisal of society and human nature
How to think seriously about the planet : the case for an environmental conservatism by Roger Scruton( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over-exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution. In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important political problem of our time. The environmental movement, he contends, is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas. Its sights are directed at the large-scale events and the confrontation between international politics and multinational business. But Scruton argues that no large-scale environmental project, however well-intentioned, will succeed if it is not rooted in small-scale practical reasoning. Seeing things on a large scale promotes top-down solutions, managed by unaccountable bureaucracies that fail to assess local conditions and are rife with unintended consequences. Scruton argues for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small-scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hyper-vigilance. And he suggests that conservatism is far better suited to solving environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism. Rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local control. People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as they would a home, and to involve themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics. Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that can ensure the future safety of our planet and our species."--Jacket
Understanding music : philosophy and interpretation by Roger Scruton( Book )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Roger Scruton's book, The Aesthetics of Music, published in 1997, set a new standard of rigour and seriousness in the philosophy of music. Now, with these wide-ranging essays on all aspects of the theory and practice of music, Scruton fills in the picture outlined in the previous work, and shows the significance of music as an expression of the moral life." "Besides studies of individual composers and compositions, Understanding Music presents a powerful encomium of the Western classical tradition, a wide-ranging study of rhythm and its significance, and a defence of the American song-book against the ravings of Adorno. The book will appeal both to specialists in philosophy and musicology and also to the ordinary music lover, who wishes to find the deeper meaning of this mysterious art."--Jacket
Death-devoted heart : sex and the sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde by Roger Scruton( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A tale of forbidden love and inevitable death, the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde recounts the story of two lovers unknowingly drinking a magic potion and dying in one another's arms. While critics have lauded Wagner's Tristan and Isolde for the originality and subtlety of the music, they have denounced the drama as a "mere trifle"--A rendering of Wagner's forbidden love for Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of a banker who supported him during his exile in Switzerland."
The Roger Scruton reader by Roger Scruton( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

News from somewhere : on settling by Roger Scruton( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For a number of years Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the Financial Times on country matters. Always beautifully written, one of these pieces (Vegetables) won the 2002 prize from The Queen's English Society for the best piece of prose writing of the year. These are not sentimental bucolic rambles. Scruton's prose is devoid of sentimentality and soggy nostalgia. Whatever he writes about, he always writes with serious purpose. He speaks up for the country dweller who sees his or her world eroded by the wishy-washy liberal commands of Blairite do-gooders who sit on their backsides in North West London pontificating about the needs of country people. Nature being red in tooth and claw is something that these people only know about from sitting in a classroom. Farming issues are equally important in this book. The devastations of the foot and mouth crisis showed graphically how great is the divide between town and country dwellers. And when the fate of people in the countryside is decided by bureaucrats in Brussels and Strasbourg, their feeling of alienation is even greater. These are the causes that Professor Scruton espouses and he has become their most intelligent, articulate and clear-thinking advocate." -- Publisher's description
On hunting by Roger Scruton( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wat heet beschaving? : Roger Scrutons cultuur- en onderwijskritiek( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in Dutch and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lezing door de conservatieve Britse filosoof over de overdracht van cultuur, gevolgd door analyses van en commentaren op zijn gedachtegoed
Gentle regrets : thoughts from a life by Roger Scruton( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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." "Contrary to orthodox opinion, however, Roger Scruton is a human being, and Gentle Regrets contains the proof of it - a quiet, witty but also serious and moving account of the ways in which life brought him to think what he thinks, and to be what he is. His moving vignettes of his childhood and later influences illuminate this book."--Jacket
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Alternative Names
Iskrūtan, Rāǧar 1944-

Roger Scruton angielski pisarz, filozof i myśliciel

Roger Scruton britischer Schriftsteller und Philosoph

Roger Scruton Brits filosoof

Roger Scruton filosofo britannico

Roger Scruton filósofo inglés

Scruton, R. V.

Scruton, R. V. (Roger)

Scruton, Roger

Scruton, Roger 1944-

סקרוטון, רוג׳ר. מירן, ראובן

اسكروتن، راجر

راجر اسکروتن نویسنده و فیلسوف بریتانیایی

روجر سكروتن

스크러턴, 로저

스크러튼, 로저

스크루턴, 로저


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The Palgrave Macmillan dictionary of political thoughtThe meaning of conservatismThe West and the rest : globalization and the terrorist threatBeautyThe aesthetics of musicModern philosophy : an introduction and surveyAn intelligent person's guide to philosophySexual desire : a moral philosophy of the erotic