Roger Scruton is one of the most important conservative philosophers of our age. He was professor of aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London, and has had visiting posts at many other universities. Scruton has published more than thirty books, among them "The Meaning of Conservatism," "Sexual Desire," "The Aesthetics of Music," and "An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture." Especially in his native Britain, Scruton has been an influential political activist and prolific journalist. A magnificent writer and splendid polemicist, Scruton's lecture and essays can be counted on to inspire, annoy and entertain.
This event was co-sponsored by the Rice University Department of Philosophy as part of the Ethics, Politics and Society (EPS) Lecture Series. The EPS series provides a rare opportunity to explore, with some of academia's brightest and most stimulating minds, many of our deepest moral, political and social dilemmas. With a deep commitment to the power of ideas and the value of open and honest debate, this series offers the prospect of making genuine contributions to people's lives.