Scruton is a pretentious right wing fascist elitist turd, who loves killing foxes and works for the secret police. I can think of nothing in his favour, other than that he likes philosophy and the countryside.
Both those quotations will have been translated from French, I’d guess, and possibly were quite hard to translate. They make sense to me.
It’s common knowledge that there is a fundamental rift between Continental and Anglo-American philosophy. Both have strengths and weaknesses.
Imo, probably, the main purpose of philosophy should be to attempt illuminate the human condition, or some aspect of it. The French school from which those two come, has been a fantastic resource, bringing masses of radical new views onto the world scene.
I’m not going to read Scruton’s piece, there’s too much other stuff going on, he’s nasty and dishonest.
The Basis of Pilgrimage as a Theological & Etymological Concept
Historically the term ‘pilgrim’ has been in use for centuries developing from the Classical Latin term ‘peregrinus’ , however initially this had quite different connotations from the term ‘pilgrim’ as we now understand it (Clark, 2004, 78).
In an examination of Augustine’s ‘De Civitate Dei’
Gillian Clark suggests that ‘peregrinus’ originally meant becoming a stranger, or a foreigner in one’s own country(Clark, 2004, 78). This emphasises the monastic desire during these travels to adopt the ascetic qualities of the hermitic tradition ascribed by the Anchorites and the Desert Fathers; namely solitude, hardship and an unwavering devotion to God, undiluted by worldly distractions. By becoming a pilgrim or peregrinus one would cast off familial society, and assume the marginal role of a traveller. Before the concept of pilgrimage became so popular amongst the Medieval Christian laity, the early Christian peregrinus
might have adopted a hermit-like mentality for the duration of the journey, shunning company as a distraction from their veneration and devotions (Clark, 2004,83). Monasticism as a manifestation of orthopraxis echoes the underlying concept of the peregrinus;to be an exile from the earthly profane world and pursue a path to God and Heavenly Jerusalem. As we shall see later in this paper, this aim was not solely reflected in physical journeys, but also in ‘spiritual pilgrimages’ by both monk and layperson alike.