<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture (Scruton (Roger)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../BookSummary_597.htm">An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../../../Authors/S/Author_Scruton (Roger).htm">Scruton (Roger)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_597.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Inside Cover Blurb</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>What do we mean by 'culture'? This word, purloined by journalists to denote every kind of collective habit, lies at the centre of contemporary debates about the past and future of society. </li><li>In this thought-provoking book, the writer and philosopher Roger Scruton argues for the religious origin of culture in all its forms, and mounts a defence of the 'high culture' of our civilization against its radical and 'deconstructionist' critics. </li><li>He offers a theory of pop culture, a panegyric to Baudelaire, a few reasons why Wagner is just as great as his critics fear him to be, and a raspberry to Cool Britannia. A must for all people who are fed up to their tightly clenched front teeth with Derrida, Foucault, Oasis, and Richard Rogers. </li></ol></FONT> <BR><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Preface  vii <li>What is Culture?  1 </li><li>Culture and Cult  5 </li><li>Enlightenment  21 </li><li>The Aesthetic Gaze  28 </li><li>Romanticism  44 </li><li>Fantasy, Imagination and the Salesman  51 </li><li>Modernism  63 </li><li>Avant-garde and Kitsch  79 </li><li>Yoofanasia  89 </li><li>Idle Hands  105 </li><li>The Devil's Work  116 </li><li>Conclusions  129 <BR>Notes  139 <BR>Quite Interesting Bibliography  143 <BR>Index  150 </li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Duckworth, London, 1998, Hardback</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_11/PaperSummary_11177.htm">Scruton (Roger) - An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Scruton - An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Preface</U> (Full Text, truncated)<FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>This book presents a theory of modem culture, and a defence of culture in its higher and more critical form. It is impossible to give a convincing defence of high culture to a person who has none. In the following book I shall therefore assume that you, the reader, are both intelligent and cultivated. You don't have to be familiar with the entire canon of Western literature, the full range of musical and artistic masterpieces or the critical reflections which all these things have prompted. But it would be useful to have read <em>Les Fleurs du mal</em> by Baudelaire and T.S. Eliot's <em>Waste Land</em>. I shall also assume some familiarity with Mozart, Wagner, Manet, Poussin, Tennyson, Schoenberg, George Herbert, Goethe, Marx and Nietzsche. In Chapters 6 and 7 I offer criticisms of two important cultural figures - Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. I have tried, though perhaps without success, to make these criticisms intelligible to people who have not read, and maybe do not intend to read, Foucault or Derrida. </li><li>Culture, I suggest, has a religious root and a religious meaning. This does not mean that you have to be religious in order to be cultivated. But it does mean that the point of being cultivated cannot, in the end, be explained without reference to the nature and value of religion. That suggestion is controversial; to many people it will seem absurd. Moreover, I have found no conclusive argument in support of it, but only avenues of speculation and associative thought. My consolation, in considering the inadequacy of what I have written, is that every other attempt I have come across is just as bad. </li><li>What follows would have been even worse, however, were it not for criticisms and suggestions offered by <A HREF = "../../../Authors/E/Author_Ellis (Fiona).htm">Fiona Ellis</A>, Bob Grant, Jim Johnson, and <A HREF = "../../../Authors/W/Author_Wiggins (David).htm">David Wiggins</A>, and I am greatly indebted to all of them. [ & snip & ] </li></ol></FONT></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> </center> <BR><HR><BR><center> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T02:34" pubdate>02/08/2018 02:34:54</time> <br><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A> </TD></TR><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>