BBC Radio 4 - A Point of View

Recent broadcasts on the BBC Radio 4 Point of View  can be viewed via the BBC website from here.

A Point of View: Faking It 

Here I reflect on the difference between original art that is genuine, sincere and truthful, but hard to achieve, and the easier but fake art that appeals to many critics today. Original artists, from Beethoven and Baudelaire to Picasso and Pound tower above those contemporary artists whose pieces push fake emotion - and who, by focusing on avoiding cliche, end up cliches themselves.

A Point of View: Kitsch

Kitsch, creates the fantasy of an emotion without the real cost of feeling it. Some try being outrageously avant-garde, which can lead to a different kind of fake: cliche. So a new genre emerged: pre-emptive kitsch. Artists embraced kitsch and produce it deliberately to present it as a sophisticated parody. But is it art? 

A Point of View: Art: The Real Thing

Real art has to have lasting appeal, and for that it needs three things: beauty, form and redemption. The production of such art, takes immense hard work and attention to detail, but it can give meaning to our modern lives and show love in the midst of doubt and desolation.

Latest Articles

Speech of the President during the award ceremony of Roger Scruton

Dear Mr. Speaker,Dear Madam President,Ladies and gentlemen, Ministers,but above all, Dear Professor, our distinguished guest,Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! I am delighted that I could today honour Mr. Professor with the...

Order of Merit from the Republic of Poland

Tuesday 4th June exactly 30 years on from the date when democracy began to be restored in Poland, Sir Roger has been given a state honour by President Andrzej Duda: “Recognising...

Post Truth

Post-Truth Roger Scruton For as long as there have been politicians they have lied, fabricated, and deceived. However commentators are beginning to tell us that something has changed in the...

Roger Scruton is a friend, not a foe, of Islam - Spectator Blog April 19

Spectator Blogs - Ed Husain I am not a right-winger. I am ashamed to say that I discovered Sir Roger Scruton only four years ago when an argument in a...

Recent Books

Souls in the Twilight

Beaufort Books  (October 2018) As the lights that have guided us go out, people begin to wander in the twilight, seeking their place of belonging. In these stories, set in...

Music as an Art

Bloomsbury  (August 2018) Music as an Art begins by examining music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German...

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Bloomsbury (November 2017) Addressing one of the most politically turbulent periods in modern British history, philosopher Roger Scruton asks how, in these circumstances, we can come to define our identity,...

2019 Events

Wed 31st Jul - Fri 9th Aug - 2019 Scrutopia Summer School

Thur 29th Aug - Sun 1st Sept - Scrutopia Alumni Meeting 

Sat 15th June - Philosophy Day

Thurs 19th Sept - ISI Gala for Western Civilization, Philadelphia

Sat 29th June - Sat 6th July - Brazil

Thurs 22nd Aug - Edinburgh Book Festival