Sunday, August 21, 2011

Intellectual Conservatism

An outstanding short, interview-portrait of the irascible Roger Scruton. Among other things, the article presents Scruton's efforts to "square the circle" and live the life of an intellectual conservative; instead, Scruton gives us a portrait of someone who has found something more important in life (and messed up his own a little along the way), but who is nevertheless reflective upon what it means, not only for himself, but also "the Left" and British society in general. You can think of him as the Burkean counterpart to the old brilliant liberal, Bernard Williams.

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