Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Philosopher Worth Knowing About

The Philosophers Magazine features an interview with Roger Scruton, an important contemporary philosopher who has written on subjects as diverse as modern philosophy, aesthetics, animal rights, Islam and the West, conservatism, and popular culture, and sexuality. He has been a staunch defender of high culture, but has not rooted it in transcendent realities. See his book, The Intelligent Person's Guide to Culture and Culture Counts. However, this interview indicates that he may be moving back toward Christianity. One hopes.


Paul D. Adams said...

His chapter "The Philosophy of Wine" is also a fine, fine read in the book Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine. Anyone who enjoys the brilliance of vino has got to consider the beauties of Christ at some point!

Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D. said...

Psalm 104:15.

Anonymous said...

So, is this a little "vino veritas"? *laughing* (sorry, just had to go there!)

Paul D. Adams said...

Suggest Psalm 104:15 be read in light of Proverbs 21:17.

"Glad hearts" could make for ruined hearts.

pennoyer said...

Have you read Scruton's memoir Gentle Regrets? Is it any good?

My son read Scruton's little book on Kant and said he really accomplished the goal of making Kant understandable (quite a task!).