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Center for Spiritual Capital hosts conservative philosopher Roger Scruton

September 13, 2013

Conservative English philosopher and author Roger Scruton, Ph.D., will give a free lecture, “Our Church,” at Loyola University New Orleans Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in Miller 114. The lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Business and Center for Spiritual Capital.

“Our Church,” which is also the name of Scruton’s latest book, will cover how the church in England is often dismissed as just a footnote in the lives of Europeans. “It offers its sacraments to a population that lives without rites of passage, and which regards the National Health Service rather than the National Church as its true spiritual guardian,” Scruton said in the book.

Scruton has written more than 30 books, including “Art and Imagination,” “The Meaning of Conservatism,” “Sexual Desire,” “The Philosopher on Dover Beach,” “The Aesthetics of Music” and “Beauty.” He has also written two novels and composed two operas.

Scruton studied law at the Inns of Court (1974-1976), and was called to the bar in 1978. He helped establish underground universities in Soviet-controlled central Europe during the Cold War, and in 1998 he was awarded the Czech Republic's Medal of Merit by president Václav Havel.

Scruton first embraced conservatism during the student protests of May 1968 in France when he saw students overturn cars to erect barricades and tear up cobblestones to throw at the police.

“I suddenly realized I was on the other side. What I saw was an unruly mob of self-indulgent middle-class hooligans. When I asked my friends what they wanted, what were they trying to achieve, all I got back was this ludicrous Marxist gobbledygook,” Scruton said. “I was disgusted by it, and thought there must be a way back to the defense of western civilization. That's when I became a conservative. I knew I wanted to conserve things rather than pull them down.”

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