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The wisdom of frugality : why less is more--more or less, Emrys Westacott

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The wisdom of frugality : why less is more--more or less
Title
The wisdom of frugality
Title remainder
why less is more--more or less
Statement of responsibility
Emrys Westacott
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From Socrates to Thoreau, most philosophers, moralists, and religious leaders have seen frugality as a virtue and have associated simple living with wisdom, integrity, and happiness. But why? And are they right? Is a taste for luxury fundamentally misguided? If one has the means to be a spendthrift, is it foolish or reprehensible to be extravagant? In this book, Emrys Westacott examines why, for more than two millennia, so many philosophers and people with a reputation for wisdom have been advocating frugality and simple living as the key to the good life. He also looks at why most people have ignored them, but argues that, in a world facing environmental crisis, it may finally be time to listen to the advocates of a simpler way of life. The Wisdom of Frugality explores what simplicity means, why it's supposed to make us better and happier, and why, despite its benefits, it has always been such a hard sell. The book looks not only at the arguments in favor of living frugally and simply, but also at the case that can be made for luxury and extravagance, including the idea that modern economies require lots of getting and spending. A philosophically informed reflection rather than a polemic, The Wisdom of Frugality ultimately argues that we will be better off--as individuals and as a society - if we move away from the materialistic individualism that currently rules
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Westacott, Emrys
Dewey number
179/.9
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ1496
LC item number
.W47 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Simplicity
  • Thriftiness
Label
The wisdom of frugality : why less is more--more or less, Emrys Westacott
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is simplicity? -- Why simple living is supposed to improve us -- Why simple living is thought to make us happier -- Why the philosophy of frugality is a hard sell -- The pros and cons of extravagance -- The philosophy of frugality in a modern economy -- The environmentalist case for simple living
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
313 pages
Isbn
9780691155081
Lccn
2016002388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocn951724640
  • (OCoLC)951724640
  • 977373
Label
The wisdom of frugality : why less is more--more or less, Emrys Westacott
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is simplicity? -- Why simple living is supposed to improve us -- Why simple living is thought to make us happier -- Why the philosophy of frugality is a hard sell -- The pros and cons of extravagance -- The philosophy of frugality in a modern economy -- The environmentalist case for simple living
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
313 pages
Isbn
9780691155081
Lccn
2016002388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocn951724640
  • (OCoLC)951724640
  • 977373

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