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Roger Scruton

Contributing Editor

Roger Scruton, a New Atlantis contributing editor, is a philosopher, writer, and public commentator widely known for his work on aesthetics and culture and for his defense of conservative political philosophy. He is also a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Mr. Scruton is the author of some three dozen books, ranging in subject matter from academic works on aesthetics, art, and music to popular accounts of conservatism, utopianism, and political philosophy to personal reflections on drinking wine and hunting. His two most recent books, both published in 2014, are The Soul of the World, a defense of the experience of the sacred, and Notes from Underground, a novel about Prague in the final years of the Cold War.

A prolific essayist, Mr. Scruton has regularly written columns and essays for such publications as The New Statesman, The American Spectator, and The New Criterion. He was also the editor of The Salisbury Review from its founding in 1982 until 2001. He has also written three novels and several short stories, and has composed two operas (The Minister and Violet).

Mr. Scruton has taught philosophy and aesthetics at Princeton, Oxford, the University of St. Andrews, Boston University, and Birkbeck College. He has also been a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a research fellow at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. In 2011, Mr. Scruton delivered the Stanton Lectures at the Divinity School at the University of Cambridge. In 2010, he delivered the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews. In 2009, he wrote and narrated an acclaimed hour-long BBC documentary, Why Beauty Matters.


In The New Atlantis


My Brain and I

Number 42 ~ Spring 2014

Scientism in the Arts and Humanities

Number 40 ~ Fall 2013

Hiding Behind the Screen

Number 28 ~ Summer 2010

Other Publications


  • “When Will the Conservative Party Fight For England?,” Conservative Home, January 5, 2013
  • “Tally Ho! Let the Hunt Remind Us Who We Are,” Telegraph (London), December 25, 2012
  • “The Great Swindle,” Aeon, December 17, 2012
  • “Don't Sacrifice Marriage on Equality's Altar,” The Times (London), December 15, 2012
  • “A Plea for Beauty: A Manifesto for a New Urbanism,” American Enterprise Institute, March 29, 2012