What Sir Roger wants from architecture

A short excerpt from Sir Roger Scruton’s latest contribution (bp) to the Spectator:

“Our need for belonging is part of what we are and it is the true foundation of aesthetic judgment. Lose sight of it and we risk building an environment in which function triumphs over all other values, the aesthetic included.”

​Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition

Sir Roger Scruton

New York: All Points Books, 2018

La tradizione e il sacro

Roger Scruton

Milano: Vita e Pensiero, 2015

The fluff on which the “false Europe” rests

On Thursday, 25 October 2018, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that an Austrian woman’s conviction for disparaging religious doctrines in 2009 did not breach her freedom of speech.  The ECHR said Austrian courts had “carefully balanced [the woman’s] right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected.” In 2011, a Vienna court convicted the woman for having called the prophet of Islam…