This collection of essays arises from a decade of engagement with the public culture of Britain and America. Some have been published in print or on-line; some are appearing here for the first time. I describe them as confessions, since they reveal aspects of my thinking which, if I am to believe the critics, ought to have been kept to myself. I have weeded out material of an academic kind, and have tried to include only those essays that touch on matters of concern to all intelligent people, in the volatile times in which we live. Scrutopia, Christmas 2015
Roger Scruton is a philosopher, public commentator and author of over forty books, including Notes from Underground (2014), The Disappeared (2015) and Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left (2015). He has specialised in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.