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educator , Philosopher , writer

Emrys Westacott is professor of philosophy at Alfred University in Western New York. He is the author The Virtues of Our Vices (Princeton University Press, 2012), The Wisdom of Frugality (Princeton University Press, 2016) and co-author with Chris Horner of Thinking Through Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2000). He has published numerous essays and articles, writes regularly for 3QuarksDaily, and is the philosophy expert for About.com.


Westacott, Emrys was born on October 22, 1956 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. Grew up in Chesterfiield. Moved to the United States, 1986. Son of Frederick and Kathleen Westacott.


Bachelor, University Sheffield, United Kingdom, 1979; Master of Arts, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1984; Postgrad., University Texas, Austin, since 1986.


Bus conductor East Midland Motors, Chesterfield, United Kingdom, 1975-1976. Teaching assistant McGill University, 1981-1982. Executive officer Department Health and Social Security, Sheffield, 1984-1986.

Teaching assistant, instructor department philosophy University Texas, Austin, 1986—1994. Visiting assistant professor, department philosophy Southwestern University, 1995—1996. Assistant professor Alfred University, Alfred, New York, 1996—2001, associate professor, 2001-2006, professor since 2006.


Married Victoria Valentine Cobb, July 19, 1985. 2 children, Sophie, Emily.

Frederick Charles Westacott

Kathleen Westacott

Victoria Valentine Cobb