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Roger Scruton’s Anti-Intellectualism

Australian Essays by Roger Scruton Connor Court and the Institute of Public Affairs, 2014, 98 pages, $19.95   Not all great intellects, of course, are intellectuals. The “intellectual” as we understand him today—the public intellectual—is a relatively recent phenomenon. In the Bad Old Days, as Prince Philip calls them, we had men of letters, who possessed such penetrating minds that they were able to earn their bread reflecting on the more abstract aspects of society, politics and culture. One couldn’t earn that exalted title merely by scaling the ivory tower: in the English-speaking world, the exalted Doctor of Letters was…

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