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Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures Oxford

This inaugural series of free public lectures will honour Roger's legacy by inviting eminent public intellectuals to speak on four topics within an overarching theme.

Each lecture will be held at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, UK.

Doors open at 4:30 pm, and the lectures begin at 5 pm.

Niall Ferguson on the Future of the Anglosphere

18 OCTOBER, 2021 

Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is the author of many bestselling books and his most recent, ‘Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe,’ was published by Penguin Press on May 4 2021.


Tom Holland on Puritanism and Iconoclasm

20 OCTOBER, 2021

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster. He is the author of many bestselling books and his most recent, ‘Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind,’ was published in 2019 by Little, Brown.


Marwa Al-Sabouni on Beauty and Home

25 OCTOBER, 2021

Marwa Al-Sabouni is a critically acclaimed architect and the author of ‘The Battle for Home: Memoir of a Syrian Architect’ (2016) and ‘Building for Hope: Towards and Architecture of Belonging’ (2021), both published by Thames & Hudson.


Jonathan Sumption on Democracy

27 OCTOBER, 2021 

Jonathan Sumption is a renowned historian and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Four instalments of his critically acclaimed history of the Hundred Years’ War have been published between 1990 and 2015, all by Faber & Faber.

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HPP Fellowships 2021

HPP Fellowships 2021

Four Fellowships for the Roger Scruton Philosophy Symposium were awarded to Ms Maria Kadzielska, Ms Nino Gabelashvili, Mr Bartosz Wesol, and Mr Valentino Findirk. The Fellowships are part of the New Generations Research Exchange organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford in collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb and the Humane Philosophy Project with generous support from the John Templeton Foundation. We are delighted to share their feedback HERE

 
 

Scrutopia Summer Programme 2023

Following the success and enjoyment of this year's event, we are very pleased to be able to share the dates for next summer. 
 
*Budapest* Scrutopia Meeting Tuesday 11th - Sunday 16th April 2023
 
Alumni Meeting  Saturday 1st - Wednesday 5th July 2023

Scrutopia Summer School Friday 21st  - Sunday 30th July 2023
 
All events are subject to confirmation, please get in touch to register your interest.
 
 

News from Scrutopia - 7th September 2021

Read all the latest from Scrutopia HERE.

Roger Scruton is the heretic we need, UnHerd - Aug 21

Roger Scruton is the heretic we need
The secret radical had no time for lying fools
BY DOUGLAS MURRAY

After the demise of great men and women, their reputations often dip. Fulsome obituaries are usually followed by a fall-off in interest. It takes time for the new generation to discover the greats afresh and for their reputations to regenerate. But I doubt this rule would ever have applied to Roger Scruton.

The philosopher’s standing was at its height when he died last year at the age of 75. The second of his three great books on Wagner had recently come out; his advice was sought by the British Government; conservative intellectuals and politicians across Europe were eager to seek his approval. His life ended just as his reputation reached the stage it ought to have been at for decades: though by the time he died he had become Sir Roger Scruton, he had spent many years in a type of intellectual isolation, if not wilderness.                                                                                                                                             

Confessions of a Heretic is a selection of otherwise uncollected essays which deal with some subjects of Scruton’s ire. They also tackle the timeless issues to which he dedicated a lifetime of energy. Although Scruton is generally referred to as a “conservative philosopher,” he ought simply to be referred to as a “philosopher”. The deepest works in this book — his “Effing the Ineffable” and his “Reflection on Strauss’s Metamorphosen,” for example — go far deeper than mere politics.

Read the full article HERE.

Scrutopia Alumni Meeting 2021

Scrutopia Alumni Meeting 2021

This week we have successfully completed our Alumni meeting and we were able to enjoy terrific lectures with Samuel Hughes, Mark Almond and Anthony O’Hear among others. Visits to local places of interest and glorious weather helped us to rekindle friendships in a thought provoking and stimulating environment. 

Scrutopia Summer School 2021

Scrutopia Summer School 2021

Scrutopia Summer School 2021 Gala dinner. A wonderful week of studying and socialising with friends old and new. Thank you to everyone involved, we hope to see you again soon.

The Future of Conservatism: Ed Husain at the Universidad de Verano 2021

Don't miss the presentation Ed Husain at the Summer University organized by Civismo and European Reform


"Remembering Sir Roger Scruton"

See here: https://youtu.be/6_BpxLqZ5nI

News from Scrutopia - 27th July 2021

Read all the latest news from Scrutopia HERE.

Hungarian Coffee Shop, The Times - 15 June 21

 

When the philosopher Sir Roger Scruton died last year Boris Johnson called him “the greatest modern conservative thinker”.

It seems that he had an even greater admirer in Viktor Orban, the right-wing prime minister of Hungary, whose allies have poured £1.5 million into a chain of coffee shops in Scruton’s memory. The first opened in November in Budapest and is filled with Scruton memorabilia donated by his widow, Sophie.

More cafés will follow, says John O’Sullivan, a former speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher who now chairs a Hungarian think tank. The £1.5 million investment comes from the state-sponsored Batthyany foundation, which also paid for the historian Norman Stone to write a history of Hungary that praised Orban’s leadership

The full article can be read online at The Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hungarian-coffee-shop-idolises-uk-philosopher-sir-roger-scruton-657x2npl5

 

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