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The Roger Scruton Reader 1st Edition

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'This is a book brimming with observations and arguments, some surprising, many provocative, all engaging.'- Chandran Kukathas, The American Conservative

'An excellent introduction to [Scruton's] range of interests' - Kenneth Minogue, Times Literary Supplement

"Dooley compiles 16 selected essays by English philosopher Roger Scruton on topics ranging from conservative politics to sex, culture, the environment, wine, and hunting, which were written between 1986 and 2008 (most after 2000). He aims to present a companion to his volume Roger Scruton: The Philosopher on Dover Beach and a text for those wishing to teach Scruton's philosophy or become acquainted with his work. The first group of essays relate to Scruton's political conservatism, followed by sections on his theory of the nation and his ideas about sex and marriage, religion, knowledge, and the role of architecture in human life." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.

About the Author

Mark Dooley has held lectureships at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and at University College Dublin where he was John Henry Newman Scholar of Theology. From 2003-2006, he wrote a controversial column on foreign affairs for the Sunday Independent. Since 2006, he has written for the Irish Daily Mail. Dooley is also a regular broadcaster on Irish radio and television, and has served as a political speech writer. He is author of The Politics of Exodus: Kierkegaard's Ethics of Responsibility (2001), The Philosophy of Derrida (2007), and Roger Scruton: The Philosopher on Dover Beach (2009). He is editor of Questioning Ethics (1999), Questioning God (2001), A Passion for the Impossible (2003), and The Roger Scruton Reader (2009).
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (November 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826420494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826420497
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,783,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am writing a premature review, but have read a great deal of Roger Scruton lately with great pleasure and deep resonance, as well a started Dooley's sensitive and sensible "Roger Scruton: The Philosopher on Dover Beach".

I am delighted to see this anthology and look forward to reading it, too, just to get a broader overview of Scruton's writing quickly.

I can recommend both Scruton and Dooley most highly.
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Roger Scruton is an old-fashioned Tory and while some of his ideas will appeal to Americans, particularly cultural and political conservatives, others will cause most of us on this side of the Atlantic, particularly conservatives, to bristle. For instance, Mr Scruton shares with America's Far Left (and the entire city of Portland, Oregon) a loathing for the suburbs. But further than this, he decries even the notion that people should want their own homes with their own small plot of land. It's that old Tory business--he believes that if you were born with a large estate you ought really to keep it and preserve it well and so forth. But if you were born without the large estate, you ought, in Mr Scruton's view, to be content living in an apartment because that's better for society and the environment. About economic opportunity, he has, as far as I can tell, absolutely nothing to say, not in this book and not in anything else of his I've ever read. Again, it's that old Tory hooey which even the British Conservative Party dumped, back when they chose Thatcher.

Mr. Scruton is a good deal more sound when it comes to questions of culture. He goes too far not in his defense of High Culture but in his trashing of Low Culture. Still, he's more right than wrong here.

The sections on Sex and Marriage are the best in the book, spot on.

I've never liked Scruton's arguments about religion. He seems to advocate Christianity not because he believes it to be true but because he thinks it makes for a more civilized and orderly society. This is, at best, an incomplete view of Christianity (Jesus, as you may recall, was known to upset applecarts, throw over tables, kick money-changers out of temples, etc.; he was really quite hard on the social order of his day).
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