Sir Roger Scruton has been hailed as the “greatest conservative of our age” after his death at the age of 75.
One of the country’s most prominent conservative philosophers, Sir Roger died on Sunday following a six-month battle with cancer.
His family said in a statement they were “hugely proud of him and of all his achievements”.
In December, Sir Roger wrote: “Coming close to death you begin to know what life means, and what it means is gratitude.”
He was the author of some 50 books on morals, politics, architecture and aesthetics and was knighted in 2016 for his services to philosophy, teaching and public education.
Sir Roger also received honours from Poland and Hungary for his work supporting dissidents behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.
Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan said he was the “greatest conservative of our age”, adding: “The country has lost a towering intellect.
“I have lost a wonderful friend.”
Sir Roger hit the headlines last year when he was sacked as a government housing adviser over an interview he gave to the New Statesman.
But he later received an apology from the magazine, which admitted his views on subjects including China and Jewish billionaire George Soros “were not accurately represented” on social media “to his disadvantage”.
The government also apologised for sacking him.
Sir Roger said the furore showed there was a “witch-hunt” against people on the right of politics, with an “attempt to silence the conservative voice”.
In December he wrote in the Spectator magazine: “During this year much was taken from me – my reputation, my standing as a public intellectual, my position in the conservative movement, my peace of mind, my health.
“Falling to the bottom in my own country, I have been raised to the top elsewhere, and looking back over the sequence of events I can only be glad that I have lived long enough to see this happen.
“Coming close to death you begin to know what life means, and what it means is gratitude.”
A statement on his website read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sir Roger Scruton, FBA, FRSL.
“Beloved husband of Sophie, adored father to Sam and Lucy and treasured brother of Elizabeth and Andrea, he died peacefully on Sunday 12th January.
“He was born on 27th February 1944 and had been fighting cancer for the last 6 months.
“His family are hugely proud of him and of all his achievements.”
Political reporter @Alan_McGuinness Sir Roger Scruton has been hailed as the “greatest conservative of our age” after his death at the age of 75. One of the country’s most prominent conservative philosophers, Sir Roger died on Sunday following a six-month battle with cancer.