Scrutinizing Scruton

by Timothy Lusch

This Won’t Hurt A Bit

Modern Philosophy: An Introduction And Survey by Roger Scruton

Roger that. Scruton is a writer, professor, and philosopher from England. His work has run the gamut, from politics to sex, environment to aesthetics. He is a strong thinker with no patience for obfuscation and euphemism, totalitarian ideologues or unthinking “thinkers.” His most formidable work centers on the philosophical branch of aesthetics. Scruton stands firmly in defense of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Anyone who opposes what is good, true, or beautiful, is not merely an enemy of the state, but of the human soul. All human misery and carnage can be traced back to a violation these three.

In this volume, Scruton shines light on the darkness of modern philosophy. Much of why philosophy has become a purely academic pursuit with a coded language inaccessible to the lay reader has to do with the dead ends that modern philosophers led us to. Without Truth at the center, there can be no meaningful explanation of the human condition. And that is, after all, what we seek.

“A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ‘merely relative,’ is asking you not to believe him. So don’t. Deconstruction deconstructs itself, and disappears up its own behind, leaving only a disembodied smile and a faint smell of sulphur.”