Roger Scruton

LONDON (AP) — Roger Scruton, one of Britain’s most prominent conservative philosophers, has died. He was 75.

Scruton’s family said in a statement that he died Sunday after a six-month battle with cancer.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Scruton embraced conservative ideas after visiting Paris amid the May 1968 student uprising. He recalled later that the students on the barricades struck him as “self-indulgent middle-class hooligans.”

A lecturer for many years at the University of London’s Birkbeck College, Scruton carved out a role as a public intellectual with more than 50 books on morality, politics, culture and aesthetics.