Sir Roger Scruton is an internationally-recognized British philosopher, author, and professor. Knighted in 2016, Scruton has published over fifty nonfiction and fiction books. His extensive nonfiction work involves almost every topic imaginable from history to wine, but has centered on Western analytical philosophy, political philosophy, and aesthetics (art, music, architecture). In fiction, he’s written several creative works, including novels, short stories, poems, and three libretti, two he set to music.
We requested an interview with Scruton because of his commanding knowledge of Western philosophy, his highly developed philosophical and theological anthropology, and his extensive service to Western civilization, Britain, freedom, and education.
Scruton graduated from Cambridge University in 1965, where he also received his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy in 1967 and 1972, respectively. He’s taught as a Professor or Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College (London), Boston University, the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Arlington, VA), Princeton University, Blackfriars Hall Oxford, the University of St. Andrews, and the Buckingham University (London).
Scruton lives on Sunday Hill Farm in Wiltshire, England and today is a professor at Buckingham University, where he teaches an MA program at the London campus. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and has been most recently been appointed head of Great Britain’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. When not travelling, Dr. Scruton resides at his farm with his wife Sophie and his college-aged children, where he spends the majority of his time researching and writing.