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On Hunting: A Short Polemic (Yellow Jersey Shorts) Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; First Edition edition (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224051539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224051538
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger Scruton is currently Research Professor for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences where he teaches philosophy at their graduate school in both Washington and Oxford. He is a writer, philosopher and public commentator. He has specialised in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He has written widely in the press on political and cultural issues.


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Controversial, right-wing philosopher/author, Roger Scruton takes up arms on behalf of hunting.

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Roger Scruton lives in Wiltshire where he hunts with the Beaufort and Vale of White Horse. He is the author of over twenty books and is a well-known media personality. A knight-errant on behalf of forgotten truth, he has espoused every cause deemed lost by mad modernity.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
Roger Scruton offers here a brief account of his initiation into hunting society and a defence of fox hunting in the context of a wider conspectus of rural life in contemporary Britain. Readers familiar with the author's philosophical and political writings will not be surprised to find that the ostensible subject of this book forms only the hub from which radiate concise, witty meditations on the author's core concerns; in particular, a heartfelt lament for the disappearance of English traditional life and the values which informed it. The author is something of a professional controversialist, yet this book tempers its polemic with humour and autobiographical detail which suggests a more complex and aimiable personality. I was surprised to find that a cogent and even humane argument in favour of hunting as an essential (almost as a defining) human activity could be made with force and elegance. Political and cultural conservatives will love this book; but I would recommend it more strongly to readers whose sympathies might more naturally lie with the animal rights theorists and hunt protestors. Those who have no strong views on the subject will still enjoy the author's admirable style and economy.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. G. M. Drewett on 31 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
Beginning as a short autobiography, Scruton explains his love of old England, which is sadly disappearing. In his search for this lost land, he discovers the wonders of both the countryside and hunting. Here he finds, much to his pleasure, that in nature, these virtues which he thought had been lost can in fact be found. Hunting can set us free from the urban restraints and regulations that infringe upon our liberty. Of course, as is usually the case, Scruton also manages to squeeze in some political and philosophical points on; animal rights, the theory of evolution, the importance of the nation. But the book's main purpose, is to inform people why it is that hunting is attractive, and a fabulous one it is too!
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book offers the reader a marvellous opportunity to find out first hand why hunting is so important to the countryside. Roger Scruton, someone who never used to consider himself to be a countryman, gives the reader a vivid and exciting tour into his colourful life of hunting; a sport rich in history, interwoven into the country quilt and destined to continue for many years to come. A fantastic read for anyone who has a love for the countryside.
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