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Scruton, Roger

Works: 353 works in 1,757 publications in 15 languages and 42,915 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Biography  Introductions  Reference works  History  Interviews  Autobiographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources 
Roles: Author, Creator, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Translator, Librettist, Honoree, Interviewee
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From Descartes to Wittgenstein : a short history of modern philosophy by Roger Scruton( Book )

106 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and held by 2,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this introductory work, Scruton takes us on us on a tour of the subject, from founding father Descartes to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein."--BOOK JACKET
Spinoza by Roger Scruton( Book )

63 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 1,918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ostracized by the Jewish community in Amsterdam into which he was born, Spinoza developed a political philosophy that set out to justify the secular State, ruled by a liberal constitution, and a metaphysics, according to which everything exists in God as a 'mode' of the divine substance, that sought to reconcile human freedom with a belief in scientific explanation. In this book Roger Scruton presents a clear and systematic analysis of Spinoza's thought, and shows its relevance to today's intellectual preoccupations
The meaning of conservatism by Roger Scruton( Book )

64 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 1,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1980, The Meaning of Conservatism is now recognized as a major contribution to political thought, and the liveliest and most provocative modern statement of the traditional "paleo-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 toward the state, nor the desire to limit the state's obligation toward 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."--BOOK JACKET
Kant by Roger Scruton( Book )

52 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roger Scruton explores the background to Kant's work, and shows why the critique of pure reason has proved so enduring
The West and the rest : globalization and the terrorist threat by Roger Scruton( Book )

33 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,221 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
The aesthetics of architecture by Roger Scruton( Book )

42 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction: The problem of architecture -- Architecture and design -- Has architecture an essence? -- Experiencing architecture -- Judging architecture -- Freud, Marx and meaning -- The language of architecture -- Expression and abstraction -- The sense of detail -- Conclusion: Architecture and morality
Beauty by Roger Scruton( Book )

32 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,132 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 )

45 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,059 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]
An intelligent person's guide to philosophy by Roger Scruton( Book )

36 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 918 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
Kant : a very short introduction by Roger Scruton( Book )

35 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but also one of the most difficult. In this short introduction Roger Scruton tackles Kant's exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to his work
A dictionary of political thought by Roger Scruton( Book )

51 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Containing 1700 entries, this dictionary covers every aspect of political thought, defining concepts and ideologies, surveying the arguments on issues, giving capsule histories of political institutions, and summarizing the thought of major political theorists. Among the topics it comments on are the collapse of communism, the rise of nationalism in eastern Europe, and integration in western Europe
Art and imagination : a study in the philosophy of mind by Roger Scruton( Book )

43 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a theory of aesthetic judgment and appreciation in the spirit of modern empiricism. There are three parts: the first deals with questions of philosophical logic, the second with questions in the philosophy of mind, and the third with questions in the philosophy of art. Thus the argument advances from a theory of aesthetic judgment (and in particular of "aesthetic description"), to a theory of aesthetic appreciation, and thence to an account of the nature and value of art
The Palgrave Macmillan dictionary of political thought by Roger Scruton( Book )

26 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 751 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
An intelligent person's guide to modern culture by Roger Scruton( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 724 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 )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 618 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 )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 500 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."--Publisher's description
Understanding music : philosophy and interpretation by Roger Scruton( Book )

28 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 464 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 )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 437 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 ultimately 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 Matilde Wesendonck, the wife of a banker who supported him during his exile in Switzerland. Death-Devoted Heart explodes this established interpretation, proving the drama to be more than just a sublimation of the composer's love for Wesendonck or a wistful romantic dream. Scruton boldly attests that Tristan and Isolde has profound religious meaning and remains as relevant today as it was to Wagner's contemporaries. He also offers keen insight into the nature of erotic love, the sacred qualities of human passion, and the peculiar place of the erotic in our culture. His argument touches on the nature of tragedy, the significance of ritual sacrifice, and the meaning of redemption, providing a fresh interpretation of Wagner's masterpiece. Roger Scruton has written an original and provocative account of Wagner's music drama, which blends philosophy, criticism, and musicology in order to show the work's importance in the twenty-first century." -- Publisher's description
Sexual desire : a philosophical investigation by Roger Scruton( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 358 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
Culture counts : faith and feeling in a world besieged by Roger Scruton( Book )

16 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is culture? Why should we preserve it, and how? In this book, the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton defends Western culture against its internal critics and external enemies, and argues that rumors of its death are seriously exaggerated. He shows our culture to be a continuing source of moral knowledge, and rebuts the fashionable sarcasm that sees it as nothing more than the useless legacy of "dead white European males." Ranging widely over the arts and philosophy, Scruton defends what Eliot called "the common pursuit of true judgment" against the dismissive attacks of the new academicia
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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 engelsk filosof

Roger Scruton filosofo britannico

Roger Scruton filósofo inglés

Scruton, R. V.

Scruton, R. V. (Roger)

Scruton, Roger 1944-

Роджер Скрутон

סקרוטון, רוג׳ר.

סקרוטון, רוג׳ר. מירן ראובן

اسكروتن، راجر

راجر اسکروتن نویسنده و فیلسوف بریتانیایی

روجر سكروتن

로저 스크러턴

스크러턴, 로저 1944-

스크러튼, 로저 1944-

스크루턴, 로저 1944-


SpinozaThe meaning of conservatismKantThe West and the rest : globalization and the terrorist threatThe aesthetics of architectureBeautyThe aesthetics of musicAn intelligent person's guide to philosophy