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This review is from: The Uses of Pessimism: and the Danger of False Hope (Hardcover)
In Scruton's book 'Gentle Regrets', he devotes some thought as to how a person's name can influence them in certain ways, in their behaviour or life choices. He refers to his own given Christian name, Vernon, and why he chose to use Roger instead. This so-called 'nominative determinism' has recently been a topic of conversation in various national media. When Scruton was doing a segment for a televised arts program on the concept of beauty a year or so ago, a well-known arts correspondent for a national paper, and also a contributor to this series on beauty, took huge offence at Scruton's views, which were at odds with his own. He wrote a nasty little piece in the Sunday 'Culture' section attacking Scruton on a personal, as well as intellectual level, and, attempted to make a mockery of Scruton's name, ending up showing himself in a very bad light and proving that he is not half the writer and critic, much less the thinker, that Roger Scruton is. The word 'scrutiny' derives from the Latin 'scrutari', meaning to search. I wonder if the name 'scruton' has evolved from some derivation of a scrutiniser? The Uses of Pessimism is another fine example of his ability to search deeply the meanings and nuances of our culture, language and understanding of our world.