Gentle Regrets

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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. Whether it is Scruton's opinions that get up the nose of his critics, or the wit and erudition with which he expresses them, there is no doubt ...

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Overview

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. Whether it is Scruton's opinions that get up the nose of his critics, or the wit and erudition with which he expresses them, there is no doubt that their noses are vastly distended by his presence, and constantly on the verge of a collective sneeze. 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. Love him or hate him, he will engage you in an argument that is both intellectually stimulating and informed by humour.

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The New Yorker
Scruton is an English philosopher best known for vigorously defending traditional culture in works like “England: An Elegy” and “The Meaning of Conservatism.” His latest book assembles twelve “autobiographical excursions” into a composite account of his intellectual development. In addition to neatly expository essays (“How I Discovered Culture”) and a sequence of poems entitled “Miss Hap,” the collection includes a reminiscence of the “sleeping cities” of the Eastern bloc and an acute meditation on beauty and religious faith. The blunt wit for which Scruton is known is scarce here, but lyric suits him almost as well as polemic. Such passages as the evocation of a chapel filled with the “soft smell of stone that has grown old in shadow” vividly illuminate the moral import of aesthetic values.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826480330
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 954,190
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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Professor Roger Scruton is Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington and Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere and Gentle Regrets (all published by Continuum).
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