Accounting for yourself - Prof. Roger Scruton
The master does not regard himself as accountable to his slave, but holds the slave accountable. This defective relationship has been explored by Hegel and others, and shown to be essentially unstable. The relation of ‘I’ to ‘you’ brings with it a kind of mutual reason-giving, which in turn brings into being a shared calculus of rights and deserts, through which self-conscious beings regulate their mutual dealings. I argue that this is a fundamental feature of self-consciousnsess, with far-reaching implications for ethics, politics, aesthetics and the drinking of wine.
ROGER SCRUTON is an English philosopher who specialises in aesthetics. He has written over thirty books, including Art and Imagination (1974), The Meaning of Conservatism (1980), Sexual Desire (1986), The Philosopher on Dover Beach (1990), The Aesthetics of Music (1997), Beauty (2009), and Our Church (2012). Scruton was a lecturer and professor of aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London, from 1971 to 1992. Since 1992, he has held part-time positions at Boston University, the American Enterprise Institute, and the University of St Andrews. He is also a visiting Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University and a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Scruton has also written three novels, a number of general textbooks on philosophy and culture, and composed two operas.