Shakti Maira: In your book Beauty you say: “Beauty … is a real and universal value … anchored in our rational nature, and the sense of beauty has an indispensable part to play in shaping the human world.”

Are you saying that a concern for beauty would make humans more skilful and better ‘shapers’ of the world? If so what are some of the key changes you would like to see in terms of the ‘shaping’ we humans are doing?

Roger Scruton: Yes, a concern for beauty would certainly make us better shapers of the world. Aesthetic values concern not just the present appearance of things but also a sense ...


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