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on 5 November 2015
A great pleasure to read. Scruton is, as always, fine and accurate in his thoughts.
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on 19 May 2016
Good book. Thank you
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on 10 July 2011
Roger Scruton, the radically independent thinking English philosopher, has written a masterpiece. While he does take pains to explain in detail concepts which any MFA SHOULD already understand, and he writes with unforgivable clarity, rather than the traditional Thesaurus_Rex art-prose style. Wait did I say that he was a radical? Yes I believe I did, he's a radical alright. It is radical at the end of this post modern/contemporary era to even consider aesthetic beauty to be of value in the arts, much less of preeminent value. The conventional post-modern aesthetic is to ignore or minimize the importance of aesthetic beauty in favor of shock, novelty, sensational, political interests, pornography or sarcasm and insults flung at the usual cliche' targets; The Catholic Church, Christians, the middle class, the United States (except the current president who is sacrosanct), The British gov't or any other Western power. Now along comes this white, middle class Brit. and what he is really saying is that none of that matters, all of those millions spent on Post-Neo-Post DADA/Pop have been wasted on Disco Fever. Those white suits, scarves and high heeled boots are headed for the dumpster pal. What matters in the end, what is primary in the Fine Arts is Aesthetic Beauty.

I mean who in the heck does this guy Roger Scruton think that he is? Does he think that he is smarter than the collective dictatorial power of the reigning western art worlds inbred, Hapsburg style clique's hegemony? Does he, like the weird collection of halfbreed artists those Stuckist Punks (also originating in Britain), think that the clear expression of an individual artists vision of aesthetic beauty is of primary import??? What baloney, right?

Uhhh, well... no maybe it's not baloney hmmm. Oh, and guess what folks... he is ever so quietly, softly, gently even... absolutely correct! The power and wealth of many a Contemporary Art collector and Contemporary Art gallery owner will inevitably erode as aesthetic beauty once again takes it's rightful place as the fulcrum for the weighing of long term artistic merit.

Heck I'm only halfway through the thing and I am confident in it's historic import.

Floyd Alsbach

PS this was written during a Boogie Fever hangover, besides I just love run on sentences.
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on 8 September 2011
Scruton's is an old-fashioned, classical, narrow, positivist and elitist view of beauty. If you want a good modern and critical view of the subject read Umberto Eco's book 'On Beauty' instead.
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on 19 July 2012
Perhaps the reason beauty is disappearing from the world is that there are too many pompous writers like Scruton that use the topic to show off how many pieces of classical music and buildings they know by heart, instead of truly explaining why beauty is not subjective, but objectively distinguishable, life-giving, and rare.
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on 3 February 2013
The problem is Scruton claims to be a Conservative but is forever quoting non-Conservatives like Plato and Kant. He takes Conservative values and justifies them with liberal reasoning. He even dismissed "organic" as a metaphor. He is the mixed-up philosopher and who ever heard of a Conservative who writes in such meaningless abstractions? What does "Beauty" mean? However, he is so very erudite but unfortunately rambles all over the place. His books soon date.
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