Conversations with Roger Scruton

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Roger Scruton is arguably the greatest living English philosopher. A prolific author of fifty books, composer of two operas, controversial columnist and academic dissident, he has stood at the heart of the intellectual life of Britain (and to some extent in the USA) for more than forty years.

Mark Dooley is Scruton's intellectual biographer. In these conversations Dooley coaxes Scruton to speak candidly about those whom he has loved and loathed, about his early philosophical influences and about those who have shaped him personally and intellectually. Going deeper than any previous autobiographical statements by Scruton, this book reveals what motivated the philosopher to embrace Kant and Wagner, how he came to know and admire thinkers like Iris Murdoch, Elizabeth Anscombe and Mary Midgely, and what he said to the underground seminars in Communist Czechoslovakia and the precise circumstances surrounding his arrest and expulsion from that country.

It examines what Scruton really thinks of his intellectual and political adversaries and why he believes their message remains a recipe for social collapse. He provides answers as to why he left Birkbeck University College and why he eventually abandoned academia altogether. It also includes insights into daily life on Scruton's farm, his writing routines and his astonishing capacity to produce so prodigiously. Conversations with Roger Scruton asks questions which Roger Scruton has never answered before.

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Roger Scruton, the University of Oxford's Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Senior Fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, is also a prolific author. He writes regularly for The Times and The Telegraph.

Mark Dooley was University College Dublin's Newman Scholar of Theology. A regular on Irish radio and TV, he wrote a controversial foreign affairs column for the Sunday Independent, Roger Scruton: The Philosopher on Dover Beach, and edited The Roger Scruton Reader.

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Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Mai 2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 147291709X ISBN 13: 9781472917096
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Buchbeschreibung Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Mai 2016, 2016. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - This book reveals what life was like for Roger Scruton growing up in High Wycombe, how he survived Cambridge and how he came to hold his conservative outlook. It tells of Scruton's rise to prominence while writing for The Times and sheds light on his campaign on behalf of underground dissidents in Eastern Europe. Ranging across topics as diverse as the current state of British philosophy, music, religion, and illuminating what lay behind Scruton's abandonment of academia for his new life on a Wiltshire farm, Conversations with Roger Scruton is an intimate portrait of a writer who has felt philosophy as a vocation and whose defence of unfashionable causes has brought him a wide readership in Britain and around the world. 224 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781472917096

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