Join us for a birthday tribute to Britain’s most loved public philosopher – a man who has lived life in thrall to art, beauty and big ideas.
“When a lovely melody, a sublime landscape or a passage of exquisite poetry comes before your senses and your mind, you know that you are at home in the world. Beauty is the voice that settles us, the assurance that we belong among others, in a place of sharing and consolation.” – Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton is that rarest of creatures: an English philosopher engaged not with academic squabbles but the full richness of life. Wine, love, music, art, history, neuroscience, the free market and the natural world: there are few topics that have escaped his insightful and provocative intellectual gaze. Whether mocking modern architecture or debunking Marxist jargon, his witty, insightful and iconoclastic opinions on the breadth of human experience have made him one of our country’s most loved and celebrated public intellectuals.
In conversation with Guardian columnist and former editor of the Spectator, Matthew D’Ancona, Roger will look back on a life spent enthralled by ideas – taking us from the student riots of Paris in 1968 to the present day.