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Deeds Symposium Features Noted British Philosopher

Posted 04/06/2007
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Roger Scruton, who is widely regarded as the most important living British conservative philosopher, will give a talk on Monday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m., in Wilde Auditorium. Scruton's lecture is the University's annual Deeds Symposium.

The program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To order tickets, call the University box office at 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587.

Scruton has published more than 30 books on a wide range of issues, from the aesthetics of architecture to fox-hunting. His published writings seek to examine the various achievements of Western culture and the institutions through which those ideals are passed on to future generations. His first publication, Art and Imagination, was an exploration of aesthetics, and since then he has written on practically every topic in philosophy. Forthcoming is the third edition of A Dictionary of Political Thought, a comprehensive collection of definitions for political thought and processes.

Scruton has been awarded an honorary doctorate for services to literature and philosophy by Adelphi University, and another honorary doctorate in recognition of his intellectual work by Masaryk University in Brno, Moravia. He was also awarded the First of June Prize by the city of Plzen for services to the Czech people in their resistance to communist oppression, and has been decorated by President Havel for the same cause.

Scruton graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, and was a fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge; director of studies at Christ's College, Cambridge; professor of aesthetics at Birkbeck College London; and professor of philosophy at Boston University. Scruton is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University and a research professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, where he teaches philosophy.

The Deeds Symposium was created in 1982 to provide a forum for the discussion of free-market principles. Program speakers are internationally known participants in the continuing discussion of free enterprise and government.