The Social Contract; Enlightenment, Citizenship, Loyalty, Holy Law, Globalisation.
Professor Roger Scruton is Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington and Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere and Gentle Regrets (all published by Continuum).
British philosopher Scruton offers a consideration of the philosophical and political differences between the West and "the rest," in particular Islam. Without taking a "blame the West" approach, he suggests that some of our "habits, beliefs, and prejudices" need to be reexamined, among them the unrestrained multinational corporation, and "our devotion to prosperity" and consumption and the resulting dependence on oil and other raw materials. In order to take on religious fanaticism, he argues, we must offer a coherent alternative and a means of putting our beliefs into practice. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.