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  1. Roger Scruton (2014). The Meaning of Conservatism. St. Augustines Press.
     
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  2. Roger Scruton (1999). The Aesthetics of Music. Oxford University Press.
    What is music, what is its value, and what does it mean? In this stimulating volume, Roger Scruton offers a comprehensive account of the nature and significance of music from the perspective of modern philosophy. The study begins with the metaphysics of sound. Scruton distinguishes sound from tone; analyzes rhythm, melody, and harmony; and explores the various dimensions of musical organization and musical meaning. Taking on various fashionable theories in the philosophy and theory of music, he presents a compelling case (...)
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  3. Roger Scruton (2006). Conservatism. In Andrew Dobson & Robyn Eckersley (eds.), Political Theory and the Ecological Challenge. Cambridge University Press 256.
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    Roger Scruton (2000). Animal Rights and Wrongs. Metro in Association with Demos.
    This paperback edition is fully updated with new chapters on the livestoick crisis, fishing and BSE and a layman's guide introduction to philosophical concepts, ...
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    Roger Scruton (2009). Beauty. Oxford University Press.
    Human Beauty 3. Natural Beauty 4. Everyday Beauty 5. Artistic Beauty 6. Taste and Order 7. Eros and Art 8. Sacred Beauty Notes and Further Reading.
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    Roger Scruton (2011). Beauty: A Very Short Introduction. OUP Oxford.
    From Botticelli to birdsong, Mozart, and the Turner Prize, Roger Scruton explores what it means for something to be beautiful. This thought-provoking introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects around us.
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    Roger Scruton (2013). Our Love for Animals. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 10 (4):479-484.
    Love does not necessarily benefit its object, and cost-free love may damage both object and subject. Our love of animals mobilises several distinct human concerns and should not be considered always as a virtue or always as a benefit to the animals themselves. We need to place this love in its full psychological, cultural, and moral context in order to assess what form it ought to take if animals are to benefit from it.
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    Roger Scruton (1974/1998). Art and Imagination: A Study in the Philosophy of Mind. St. Augustine's Press.
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    Roger Scruton (1983/1998). The Aesthetic Understanding: Essays in the Philosophy of Art and Culture. St. Augustine's Press.
  10. Roger Scruton (1994). Sexual Desire a Philosophical Investigation. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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    Edward Craig, I. G. McFetridge, John Haldane & Roger Scruton (1991). Logical Necessity and Other Essays. Philosophical Quarterly 41 (164):352.
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  12. Roger Scruton (1988). Sexual Desire. Mind 97 (387):493-496.
     
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    Roger Scruton (2009/2010). I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher's Guide to Wine. Continuum.
    This good-humoured book offers an antidote to the pretentious clap-trap that is written about wine today and a profound apology for the drink on which..
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    Roger Scruton (2014). 4. The First-Person Plural. In The Soul of the World. Princeton University Press 76-95.
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    Roger Scruton (2002). A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein. Routledge.
    "Dr. Scruton writes with an unusual clarity and fluency, and is always a pleasure to read . . . this is certainly a book which you could give to anyone who was curious about philosophy and expect them to learn a lot from it." Alan Ryan, author of Bertrand Russell: A Political Life.
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    Roger Scruton (2002). Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction. OUP Oxford.
    Benedict de Spinoza was at once the father of the Enlightenment and the last sad guardian of the medieval world. In his brilliant synthesis of geometrical method, religious sentiment, and secular science, he attempted to reconcile the conflicting moral and intellectual demands of his epoch, and to present a vision of humanity as simultaneously bound by necessity and eternally free. Roger Scruton presents a clear and systematic analysis of Spinoza's thought, and shows its relevance to today's (...) preoccupations. (shrink)
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    Roger Scruton (2006). A Political Philosophy. Continuum.
    The tone of this book is positive and the arguments are recommendations with the aim of convincing the reader that rumours of the death.
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  18. Roger Scruton (2004). Wittgenstein and the Understanding of Music. British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (1):1-9.
    Wittgenstein's contribution to musical aesthetics is not often discussed, which is surprising, given his rare musicality and musical connections. His distinctive achievement is to have focused on the question of musical understanding, and to have connected this with two other philosophical problems: the nature of the first-person case, and the understanding of facial expressions. Wittgenstein's third-person approach to philosophical psychology leads him to emphasize the role of performance in the understanding of music, and also to introduce an ‘intransitive’ concept of (...)
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    Roger Scruton (1981). Photography and Representation. Critical Inquiry (3):577.
    It seems odd to say that photography is not a mode of representation. For a photograph has in common with a painting the property by which the painting represents the world, the property of sharing, in some sense, the appearance of its subject. Indeed, it is sometimes thought that since a photograph more effectively shares the appearance of its subject than a typical painting, photography is a better mode of representation. Photography might even be thought of as having replaced painting (...)
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  20. Roger Scruton (2007). Thoughts on Rhythm. In Kathleen Stock (ed.), Philosophers on Music: Experience, Meaning, and Work. Oxford University Press
     
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    Roger Scruton (2007). In Search of the Aesthetic. British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (3):232-250.
    Is there such a subject as aesthetics? The lack of any pre-philosophical route to its subject matter, the historicity of its favoured concepts and artefacts, and the ideological character of its inception all suggest that the aesthetic is an invented category, which identifies no stable or universal feature of the human condition. Against this I argue that ordinary practical reasoning leads of its own accord to aesthetic judgement, and that the experience in which this judgement is founded is rooted in (...)
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  22. Roger Scruton (1990). The Philosopher on Dover Beach: Essays. Carcanet.
     
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    Flint Schier & Roger Scruton (1983). The Aesthetics of Architecture. Philosophical Quarterly 33 (130):100.
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  24. Roger Scruton (2000). An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture.
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    Roger Scruton (2014). Music and Cognitive Science. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 75:231-247.
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    Roger Scruton (1973). Architectural Aesthetics. British Journal of Aesthetics 13 (4):327-345.
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    Roger Scruton (1983). Fantasy, Imagination and the Screen. Grazer Philosophische Studien 19:35-46.
    There is a real distinction between fantasy and imagination, which corresponds in part to Coleridge's distinction between fancy and imagination. Fantasy seeks substitute objects for a real emotion: it therefore involves the 'realization' of its object in a perfect simulacrum. Imagination seeks unreal objects for unreal emotions, and therefore is thwarted by the presentation of a simulacrum. At the same time, the motive of imagination is to understand what is real, and to respond with emotional alertness to it. The cinema (...)
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    Roger Scruton (1975). Architectural Taste. British Journal of Aesthetics 15 (4):294-328.
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    Roger Scruton (1987). Analytical Philosophy and the Meaning of Music. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 46:169-176.
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  30. Roger Scruton (1997). Kant. In German Philosophers. Oxford University Press
    Emphasizing the continuity between his moral and aesthetic doctrines and the metaphysical basis in which they rest, the author explores Kant's relation to Leibniz and Hume, and his attempt to construct a philosophy which was neither rationalist nor empiricist, and could display the limits of human understanding; he shows that Kant was not only a master of philosophical criticism, but the greater defender of the objectivity of human knowledge, in both the scientific and the moral spheres.
     
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    Roger Scruton (2009). Replies to Critics. British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (4):451-461.
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    Roger Scruton (2002). Ethics and Welfare: The Case of Hunting. Philosophy 77 (4):543-564.
    The argument is currently made that hunting seriously compromises the welfare of the hunted animal, in a way that is morally unacceptable. The paper presents a theory of animal minds, and a theory of our duties of care towards members of other species. It goes on to examine what is meant by compromising welfare, discusses the crucial concept of stress as this concept features in animal welfare science, and explores the conditions under which stress becomes distress. The argument moves towards (...)
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  33. Roger Scruton (2009). Hearing Sounds. Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 5:271-278.
     
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    Roger Scruton & John Finnis (1989). Corporate Persons. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 63:239 - 274.
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    Roger Scruton (2010). Neurotrash. The Philosophers' Magazine 50 (50):98-99.
    The danger is that people will just get lost in a morass of addictive pleasures and not ask themselves the questions about the meaning of their own lives and not make the effort to make themselves interesting to others, so that human relations begin to crumble. I think we’re actually seeing that. If you look round the society in which we are, it’s not in a happy state.
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    Roger Scruton (2004). Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. OUP Usa.
    In Death-Devoted Heart Roger Scruton argues that Tristan und Isolde has profound religious meaning. Blending philosophy, criticism and musicology, he shows the work is as relevant today as it was to Wagner's contemporaries. Scruton's analysis touches on the nature of tragedy, the significance of ritual sacrifice, and the meaning of redemption.
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    Roger Scruton, Peter Kivy, Jerrold Levinson, Malcolm Budd, Diana Raffman & Lydia Goehr (1994). Recent Books in the Philopshy of MusicMusic Alone: Philosophical Reflections on the Purely Musical Experience.Sound and Semblance: Reflections on Musical Representation.The Fine Art of Repetition: Essays in the Philosophy of Music.Music, Art and Metaphysics: Essays in Philosophical Aesthetics.Music and the Emotions: The Philosophical Theories.Language, Music and Mind.The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 44 (177):503.
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    Roger Scruton (1984). Critical Notice: Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language. Mind 93 (372):592-602.
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    Roger Scruton & Peter Jones (1982). Laughter. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 56:197 - 228.
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    Roger Scruton (2001). Kant: A Very Short Introduction. OUP Oxford.
    Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but also one of the most difficult. Roger Scruton tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work, and showing why the Critique of Pure of Reason has proved so enduring.
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    Roger Scruton (2011). A Bit of Help From Wittgenstein. British Journal of Aesthetics 51 (3):309-319.
    Wittgenstein's Lectures on Aesthetics contain valuable hints towards an aesthetics of everyday life. They lend plausibility to a broadly Kantian vision of aesthetic judgement and also shed light on the understanding of architecture and related practices.
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    Roger Scruton (1997/1999). Spinoza. Routledge.
    Philosophy is one of the most intimidating and difficult of disciplines, as any of its students can attest. This book is an important entry in a distinctive new series from Routledge: The Great Philosophers . Breaking down obstacles to understanding the ideas of history's greatest thinkers, these brief, accessible, and affordable volumes offer essential introductions to the great philosophers of the Western tradition from Plato to Wittgenstein. In just 64 pages, each author, a specialist on his subject, places the philosopher (...)
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    Andy Hamilton & Roger Scruton (1999). The Aesthetics of Western Art Music. Philosophical Books 40 (3):145-159.
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    Roger Scruton (2008). Conservatism Means Conservation. The Chesterton Review 34 (3-4):705-715.
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    Roger Scruton (2004). Musical Movement: A Reply to Budd. British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (2):184-187.
    Malcolm Budd argues that spatial metaphors are not involved in the musical experience at the ‘foundational’ level, and that my attempt to show that the musical experience is dependent on spatial concepts is therefore unwarranted. The argument that Budd gives for this conclusion does not seem to me to achieve its purpose, and his alternative suggestion, that musical movement is ‘merely temporal’ does not, I argue, amount to a genuine alternative. He is right to worry about my (...)
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    Roger Scruton (1992). Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle. Ancient Philosophy 12 (2):444-446.
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    Roger Scruton (1996/2005). Philosophy: Principles and Problems. Continuum.
    This is a personal view of philosophy from a renowned critic and thinker.
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    Roger Scruton (2012). Confessions of a Sceptical Francophile. Philosophy 87 (04):477-495.
    In post-war France we have witnessed an upsurge in philosophical and quasi-philosophical literature, much of it nonsense and all of it radically politicised. What is the explanation of this? I advance the thesis that the post-1968 literary scene expresses a bid for a new kind of social membership, and that it is the hunger for membership that explains not only the intellectual structure of this literature but also its worldwide influence. I also suggest that there survives in this literature both (...)
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    Edward Winters & Roger Scruton (1996). The Classical Vernacular: Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism. Philosophical Quarterly 46 (185):535.
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  50. Roger Scruton (1995). A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein. Routledge.
    _A Short History of Modern Philosophy_ is a lucid, challenging and up-to-date survey of the philosophers and philosophies from the founding father of modern philosophy, René Descartes, to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Roger Scruton has been widely praised for his success in making the history of modern philosophy cogent and intelligible to anyone wishing to understand this fascinating subject. In this new edition, he has responded to the explosion of interest in the (...)
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