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A DISHY “DREAMBOAT” FOR THE OVER-50S - MAR 25 - 1.11PM

Roger Scruton, Philosophy

Roger Scruton…
Hell, I like him.
I reckon if I could have breakfast with him at least once a week I’d never have to seek counselling for the ‘blues’ again.
A writer and philosopher who’s knocked out more than 40 books, he was delivering a talk on Human Nature for this year’s Princeton University Press Lecture (remember, this was the subject of Sunday’s BBC World Service broadcast from Worcester College).
A critic of Professor Richard Dawkins (so full marks there), he represents the ‘thinking woman’s over 50’s dreamboat’.
Quiet and almost whispery to the point of mental massage, he kicked off in a brutally honest way: “My purpose here is to sell my book,” he said “so I will tell a lot of lies about how good it is”.
And having established that precedent he then went on to debate (without a single further reference to his book) whether we, as humans, are animals or maybe something more.
So was he any good?
Well, personally speaking I can honestly say that by the end of his talk, I’ve never felt prouder to be human.
Fascinating and funny in equal measure, he proved a real tonic and crowd pleaser.
Some people are just “charmed” aren’t they?

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine