13 January 2020 22:32
The death of Sir Roger Scruton is a loss that our troubled culture can ill afford. He was Britain's greatest contemporary philosopher and also its most lyrical. The author of more than 50 books, he didn't just write about Kant and Wittgenstein. He also wrote luminously about beauty and music, architecture and sexual desire, fox-hunting and piety, art and the rural idyll. Much misrepresented and traduced, Sir Roger analysed, defended and embodied conservatism which he understood to a rare degree.
He articulated and championed the deep connections between conservatism, the English countryside and national identity. He recognised that without a shared home and culture based on the inherited values, customs and laws of a nation state there can be no sense of "we".