Born In: Buslingthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Roger Scruton was an English conservative writer and philosopher, best known for his works on aesthetics and political philosophy. He was born into an upper-middle-class family in Lincolnshire and raised in Manchester. He graduated from the ‘Manchester High School,’ where he excelled in subjects such as chemistry, physics, and mathematics. He joined the ‘Jesus College’ and earned a degree in philosophy. He gravitated toward conservatism after he witnessed the French protests of 1968. He also completed his doctorate. His thesis was titled ‘Art and Imagination, a Study in the Philosophy of Mind.’ Later, he became a professor at the ‘Birkbeck College,’ where he struggled to practice his conservative ideologies due to the dominance of the leftists in art and culture. Throughout his life, he spent a lot of his time showcasing his conservative intellectualism and wrote about 50 fiction and non-fiction books. He also participated in many conservative movements across Europe and served as the editor of a conservative magazine called ‘The Salisbury Review.’ He wrote some popular books, such as ‘How to Be a Conservative,’ ‘Sexual Desire,’ and ‘The Meaning of Conservatism.’ He had been awarded in the U.K., the Czech Republic, and Poland and had held various academic positions in Europe and America.
Also Known As: Roger Vernon Scruton
Died At Age: 75
Spouse/Ex-: Sophie Jeffreys (m. 1996), Danielle Laffitte (m. 1973–1979)
father: John Scruton
mother: Beryl Claris Scruton
Born Country: England
place of death: Brinkworth, Wiltshire, England
Cause of Death: Cancer
City: Lincolnshire, England
education: Royal Grammar School, University Of Cambridge
Roger Scruton later attended the ‘Royal Grammar School’ in High Wycombe and excelled in subjects such as chemistry, physics, and mathematics. This earned him a scholarship to study at the ‘Jesus College,’ located in Cambridge, where he joined a natural science course. His father was miffed at him, and they stopped talking to each other. He eventually switched to philosophy and graduated in 1965.
Roger Scruton's thesis was titled ‘Art and Imagination, a Study in the Philosophy of Mind.’ He was so fascinated with the subject that he ended up writing a book titled ‘Art and Imagination.’ The book was published in 1974 and opened to great reviews.
In the 1970s, most philosophers around the world began associating themselves with the leftist ideology when it came to politics. Roger Scruton was rare, as he was a staunch conservative. He taught at the ‘Birkbeck College,’ where almost all the staff members and students were leftists. To make the conservative philosophy mainstream, he co-founded a group called the ‘Conservative Philosophy Group.’ It was supposed to propagate the intellectual side of conservatism.
Roger Scruton had been a political activist in other parts of Europe, too. In 1979, he supported the dissidents of the ruling ‘Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.’ He helped them create links with people of the same ideology from the Western countries. He later recorded his experiences in Communist Prague in the book titled ‘Notes from Underground,’ published in 2014.
Roger Scruton married Danielle Laffitte, a Frenchwoman whom he had met when he was in France. The marriage took place in 1973, but the couple divorced in 1979. He then married Sophie Jeffreys in 1996. The couple stayed married until his demise. He fathered two children during his lifetime.
Roger Scruton passed away from cancer on January 12, 2020. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.
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