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Emrys Westacott
Alfred University (Alfred, NY 14802-1205)
Frugality: A Philosophical Study

My project is a book-length philosophical examination of the concept of frugality, understood here to mean the virtue of living simply with few needs or expenses. Questions posed include: Why has frugality traditionally been considered a virtue? Should it still be regarded as a virtue today? Why is extravagance commonly seen as a vice? Is this view reasonable? Is there a connection between frugality and happiness? Is there a connection between frugality and wisdom. The book will draw from a venerable philosophical and literary tradition and connect up with contemporary research in the social sciences.

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2010 – 9/30/2010