They are saying the very best issues in life are free – or no less than, Emrys Westacott appears to suppose so.

For individuals who have the selection, the rejection of extravagance is deemed extremely virtuous. Most of the nice thinkers of historical past have advocated the ethical worth of frugal residing, however in our tradition of extra the temptation to indulge could be troublesome to beat.

William Isdale spoke with Emrys Westacott, a Professor of Philosophy at Alfred College, New York, about how a return to easy residing might deliver larger happiness in our more and more complicated world – although there’s a case to be made for the cultural worth of extravagance, too.

Emrys Westacott is the creator of The Knowledge of Frugality: Why Much less Is Extra – Extra or Much less, a philosophically knowledgeable reflection on the advantages of frugal residing.

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