Emrys Westacott

  • Professor of Philosophy, Alfred University since 1996
  • Ph.D. in philosophy, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Author of The Virtues of Our Vices (Princeton University Press, 2012)


Emrys is a former writer for ThoughtCo. He is a Professor of Philosophy at Alfred University in Western New York state, where he has been teaching since 1996. He is the author of three books on philosophy,  The Wisdom of Frugality (2016), The Virtues of Our Vices (2012) and Thinking through Philosophy (1000, co-authored with Chris Horner). His articles and reviews have appeared in many publications, including Philosophy Now, The Philosopher's Magazine, The Philosophical ForumInternational Studies in PhilosophyInternational Journal of Applied PhilosophyThe HumanistThe Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.  His work has been profiled in the New York Times and reviewed in The Guardian, The Boston Globe, and 3:AM Magazine. He has been interviewed numerous times on various radio stations, including BBC World Service, NPR, CBC and Australian National Radio. He writes a regular monthly essay for the popular blog site 3QuarksDaily,


Emry received his bachelor's degree in philosophy, from the University of Sheffield (UK), an M.A. in philosophy from McGill University (Montreal), and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin`

Awards and Publications

  • The Wisdom of Frugality (Princeton University Press, 2016)
  • The Virtues of Our Vices (Princeton University Press, 2012)
  • Thinking Through Philosophy (co-author with Chris Horner; Cambridge University Press, 2000)
  • Margaret and Barbara Hagar Professorship in the Humanities, Alfred University, 2007–​​2010

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