"...Scruton offers both a trenchant critique of pop culture and a defense of the opposing "high culture".... Many readers may find themselves asking whether moral aestheticism, without any explicit religious element, can deal with the more destructive aspects of modern culture."- Robert Grano, Touchstone, October 2006
"…Scruton offers both a trenchant critique of pop culture and a defense of the opposing "high culture"…. Many readers may find themselves asking whether moral aestheticism, without any explicit religious element, can deal with the more destructive aspects of modern culture."- Robert Grano, Touchstone, October 2006
Roger Scruton has written a very good book.
An interesting study of modern values and of the importance of aesthetic principles which shows that "culture" does not merely denote every kind of collective habit.
You can now see why human life is devalued and cruelty is the face of pop culture today - but you won't see that in the papers or in advertisements without looking.
This is one of my favorite books, and deserves to be much more widely read. If it were up to me it would be assigned in every university humanities department. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Richard G
I like Scruton's books, but this is the weakest one I've read. He's conservative in the manner of the British philosopher he is, so in a very reasoned way and quite different from... Read morePublished on November 8, 2008 by T
It is unusual in our day to find a philosophical work that is profound, erudite, and oblivious to current intellectual fashion. Read morePublished on October 1, 2008 by Gary Wolf
I'd hoped to enjoy the the knowledge and insight of the reviewers as well as the author of the book in question - letting me know whether I should buy it or borrow it through my... Read morePublished on February 4, 2007 by Frank T. Manheim
Roger Scruton, like many so-called "conservatives" has made a noble swing (hence the two stars) at assessing the spiritual and philosophical problems of our day that have produced... Read morePublished on November 18, 2006 by thisisgibbie
The author starts by giving a definition of the concept of culture and states his intention to pursue an "archaeological" method in studying his subject. Read morePublished on April 23, 2006 by HORAK
This is a great guided tour through the last few centuries of culture. Scruton appears to be an advocate of natural law (the notion that the good will become obvious to the... Read morePublished on May 10, 2002 by Craig Scott