Roger Scruton

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Scruton in 2016

Sir Roger Vernon Scruton FBA FRSL (/ˈskrtən/; 27 February 1944 – 12 January 2020) was an English philosopher and conservative writer. He held traditionalist conservative views.[1][2]

He was the editor from 1982 to 2001 of The Salisbury Review. Scruton wrote over 50 books on philosophy, art, music, politics, literature, culture, sexuality, and religion. His best known works were The Meaning of Conservatism (1980), Sexual Desire (1986), The Aesthetics of Music (1997), and How to Be a Conservative (2014).

He was a regular contributor to the popular media, including The Times, The Spectator, and the New Statesman.

Scruton was born in Buslingthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He studied at Jesus College, Cambridge. He lived in Brinkworth, Wiltshire, England.

Scruton was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in July 2019.[3] He died on 12 January 2020 from the disease at his home in Brinkworth at the age of 75.[4]

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  1. Cowling, Maurice (1990). Mill and Liberalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. xxix.
  2. Garnett, Mark; Hickson, Kevin (2013). Conservative thinkers: The key contributors to the political thought of the modern Conservative Party. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press. 113–115.
  3. Scruton, Roger (21 December 2019). "Roger Scruton: My 2019". The Spectator.
  4. "Roger Scruton: Conservative thinker dies at 75". BBC News, 12 January 2020.