Roger Scruton, heroic champion of art and truth

Today in The Australian

It may be the fate of most public intellectuals to become more and more public and less and less intellectual; it was never that of the late Roger Scruton.

 

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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15 Responses to Roger Scruton, heroic champion of art and truth

  1. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Henry, it is great to celebrate and to explain the achievements of outstanding philosophers for the benefit of a general readership. The universities have seriously failed to do this in our lifetime.
    One of the very helpful things that a writer of Roger Scruton’s energy and capacity can do is to recognize and promote the achievements of other outstanding philosophers, especially contemporaries. His derogatory commentary on Karl Popper, who introduced seismic changes in the philosophy of science and also delivered a devastating critique of Marxism, are scandalous for a man of his learning. Remarkably the generally admirable Clive James did the same.
    Celebrate the achievements of great and famous men but also be alert to their blind spots! The same applies to Popper of course.

  2. Mother Lode

    These days public intellectual is to intellectual what public toilet is to toilet.

    Roger Scruton was much better than that.

  3. Rafe Champion

    A piece by Roger from the New Criterion Archive that they circulated today.

    And they put up a link to this really important piece he wrote Why I became a conservative.

  4. Old School Conservative

    “The hill called difficulty” is going straight to the pool room.

  5. Mother Lode

    His derogatory commentary on Karl Popper

    I gifted people can be so gifted that they find each other intolerable to an extent that looks malicious.

    It would require them to have a lot of common ground and intellectual calculus become a stone in their shoe.

    People who are miles apart are just alien.

    Even now, the lefts hatred of the right is not ideological, but that we thwart their lust for power.

    (Yes, ‘calculus’ and ‘stone’ are a play on words – I confess, mostly for my own amusement.)

  6. Old School Conservative

    Yes, ‘calculus’ and ‘stone’ are a play on words

    I had to look it up.
    Another day, another “learning”.

  7. Rafe Champion

    Keep playing with words and ideas OSC, it will keep you young and heart and stave off dementia!

    I like the story about the way Roger met his wife. He was riding cross country in a hunt and he fell off his horse. A young woman in the party went back to help him out of the ditch and that was the start of a very warm and supportive relationship. I think she is a lot younger.

    Patrick Michaels has a similar story about his marriage dating from the time when he could still terrorize close fielders in park baseball. One day he smashed a ball past first base and took a fingernail off the young lady fielding there. He got close to check the damage…

  8. Tim Neilson

    “The hill called difficulty” is going straight to the pool room.

    Not an original, a quote from “Pilgrim’s Progress” – but definitely worth it’s place in the pool room.

  9. Iampeter

    Sorry to say but Scruton was as hopeless as any in the conservative movement and the links provided in this thread alone are pretty good examples of that. Just superficial blathering from someone too disintegrated in this thinking and knowledge to be commenting on any of the issues he is commenting on.
    He is a man of NO learning and it’s a sad indictment of conservatives that they would celebrate people like this as some kind of “intellectual.”

    His derogatory commentary on Karl Popper, who introduced seismic changes in the philosophy of science and also delivered a devastating critique of Marxism, are scandalous for a man of his learning.

    Well, he had nice things to say about Bourke, so like with everything he just had no idea what he was talking about and I wouldn’t read too much into it.
    Speaking of which, Popper was an irrationalist in the true mold of Kant, who helped turn science into the post-modern clusterf*@k we are enjoying today. Sick of the rule-by-consensus we see dominating issues like CAGW? Well, you have the likes of Popper to thank for that!
    “Seismic changes in the philosophy of science” indeed!

  10. Iampeter

    Sorry to say but Scruton was as hopeless as any in the conservative movement and the links provided in this thread alone are pretty good examples of that. Just superficial blathering from someone too disintegrated in this thinking and knowledge to be commenting on any of the issues he is commenting on.
    He is a man of NO learning and it’s a sad indictment of conservatives that they would celebrate people like this as some kind of “intellectual.”

    His derogatory commentary on Karl Popper, who introduced seismic changes in the philosophy of science and also delivered a devastating critique of Marxism, are scandalous for a man of his learning.

    Well, he had nice things to say about Bourke, so like with everything he just had no idea what he was talking about and I wouldn’t read too much into it.
    Speaking of which, Popper was an irrationalist in the true mold of Kant, who helped turn science into the post-modern circus we are enjoying today. Sick of the rule-by-consensus we see dominating issues like CAGW? Well, you have the likes of Popper to thank for that!
    “Seismic changes in the philosophy of science” indeed!

  11. struth

    Iampeter………………..with all the bitterness of an over achiever in his own right.

    Trump’s a fool for not taking his advice.
    Well, indeed, aren’t we all?

  12. Rafe Champion

    Please don’t feed the troll!

  13. Iampeter

    Please don’t feed the troll!

    Ah yes. The response of a true intellectual.

  14. Tim Neilson

    Well, he had nice things to say about Bourke

    Who’s “Bourke”?

  15. John A

    Old School Conservative #3297350, posted on January 20, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Yes, ‘calculus’ and ‘stone’ are a play on words

    I had to look it up.
    Another day, another “learning”.

    Indeed OSC and Rafe, I too have added to my learning today.

    It’s just like petros (small pebble; Jesus renamed the apostle Peter thus) and petra (base rock or bedrock = massif) in ancient Greek.

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