Emrys Westacott

Professor of Philosophy


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Texas-Austin

M.A. in Philosophy, McGill University

B.A. in Philosophy, University of Sheffield


  • Professor of philosophy at Alfred University
  • Author of The Wisdom of Frugality and The Virtue of our Vices 
  • Co-author of Thinking Through Philosophy: An Introduction


Emrys Westacott is a professor of Philosophy at Alfred University in New York, where he has taught since 1996. He has written two books about philosophy and co-wrote another with Chris Horner.

His articles and reviews appear in numerous publications, including Philosophy Now, The Philosopher's Magazine, The Philosophical Forum, International Studies in Philosophy, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, The Humanist, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. Westacott's work is profiled in The New York Times and reviewed in The Guardian, The Boston Globe, and 3:AM Magazine. Seen as an expert on the subject of philosophy media outlets will interview him. These interviews include those on the BBC World Service, National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and the Australian National Radio. Westacott also writes a regular monthly essay for the popular website 3QuarksDaily.com. 


Emrys Westacott received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Texas–Austin. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from McGill University, and a B.A. also in Philosophy, from the University of Sheffield.

Awards and Publications:

  • The Wisdom of Frugality: Why Less Is More - More or Less (Princeton University Press, Reprint edition, 2016)
  • The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits (Princeton University Press 2012)
  • Co-wrote Thinking Through Philosophy: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 1st edition, 2000)

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