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Roger Scruton: a profound but controversial thinker who conceded nothing to intellectual fashion

The philosopher experimented with some contemptible views. But his work is serious and worth disagreeing with

By Julian Baggini  

Photo: Pete Helme

Roger Scruton’s disdain for popular culture, love of hunting with hounds, high Anglican faith and traditional conservatism made him ripe for caricature by anyone left of Ken Clarke. Those who are only familiar with this cartoon conservative are unlikely to mourn his death on Sunday.

But those who looked behind the superficial public image found a serious thinker worth disagreeing with. No one made the case for conservatism…

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