Sir Roger Scruton (1944 - 2020) was a titanically influential English philosopher, writer, and social critic who specialized in political and aesthetic theory. Sir Roger is universally considered to have been one of the most important conservative intellectuals of the last century. He published more than forty books on topics ranging from interpretations of key philosophic figures to constructive and deconstructive analyses of contemporary culture. He also wrote several operas and works of fiction and his books have been widely translated across the globe. He was the founding editor of The Salisbury Review in the 1980s, and since then has been a prominent voice in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Economist, among many others, and online, as a lecturer and debater. In the 1980s he helped to set up an underground education system in communist Czechoslovakia, at great personal risk to himself, before being detained and expelled. He always approached his work as an opportunity to instruct and before his passing taught at the master’s program in philosophy at the University of Buckingham. He was appointed the head of the British government's "Building Beautiful" commission shortly before the end of his life. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the British Academy, and was a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C. For his services to Philosophy, Teaching, and Public Education he was knighted in 2016.
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