•  2
    On Being Me: A Personal Invitation to Philosophy (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 90 129-130. 2020.
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    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 advoc…Read more
  • Relativism and the Critique of Reason
    Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. 1995.
    In this work I examine the nature of, the motivations for, and some important objections to a relativistic conception of truth and rationality. I define relativism, in its most general form, as consisting of two claims: the truth value of all judgements is relative to some particular standpoint; no standpoint is supremely privileged over all others. These theses constitute the doctrinal kernel of most forms of contemporary relativism, and understood properly, I argue, they represent a coherent p…Read more
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    What’s So Bad About Smugness?
    Philosophy Now 123 20-21. 2017.
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    Philosophy Now 20 17-19. 1998.
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    The importance of being ironic (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 68 107-108. 2015.
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    Right on the money (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 65 125-126. 2014.
    Review of 'How much is enough?' by Robert and Edward Skidelsky
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    This essay provides a number of interactive group activities that promote discussion of Descartes’ “Meditations” and “Discourse on Method”. The activities are suitable for small discussion groups and supply students with well defined tasks rather than general questions. The activities consider a numerous topics in Descartes work, including how to defend the idea that reason should be the supreme epistemic authority, how Descartes distinguishes between dreams and waking experience, Descartes argu…Read more
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    Cognitive relativism
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2006.
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    The book contains chapters on rudeness, gossiping, snobbery, humour, and respect for beliefs.
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    The little things
    The Philosophers' Magazine 26 20-21. 2004.
    This article argues that the supposedly small moral issues in everyday life are worthy of philosophical attention since they reveal much about character, values, and the complexity of moral judgements.
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    Emrys Westacott explains one of the most famous and ubiquitous of all philosophical dilemmas
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    Philosophy Now. 2001.
    An allegorical elucidation of cognitive relativism which compares our criteria for judging a belief rational or true to recipes for making bread.
  •  53
    Does Surveillance Make Us Morally Better?
    Philosophy Now 79 6-9. 2010.
    The article examines how surveillance may on the one hand discourage us from doing wrong while at the same time making us less moral in another sense, since it encourages us to avoid wrongdoing purely out of self-interest.
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    The Placebo Effect
    Philosophy Now 55 50-54. 2006.
    A humorous short story about a company that tries marketing a placebo as a more expensive drug on the grounds that doing this will both maximize their profits and benefit the greatest number, since research shows the placebo to be highly effective if marketed as something else
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    The joy of living Stoically
    The Philosophers' Magazine 58 119-120. 2012.
    Review of William Irvine's 'A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy'
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    Right on the money (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 65 125-126. 2014.
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    Moral Relativism
    In J. Feiser & B. Dowden (eds.), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, . 2012.
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    Depths of the mundane
    with Robert Rowland Smith and Mark Vernon
    The Philosophers' Magazine 49 89-92. 2010.
    Why eschew luxury? The traditional arguments for frugality typically focus on what is good for the individual. Some see frugality as morally valuable because it tends to be associated with other virtues such as wisdom, honesty, or sincerity. Some find the natural, uncluttered, focused character of a simple lifestyle aesthetically appealing. The most common argument, though, is that simple living is the surest route – some even say the only route – to happiness.
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    The little things
    The Philosophers' Magazine 26 20-21. 2004.
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    Relativism and Autonomy1
    Philosophical Forum 27 (2). 1996.
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    Galahad vs Odysseus
    Philosophy Now 90 20-25. 2012.
    The article identifies two basic views of cheating and gamesmanship in sport: the Galahadian view which sees such practices as fundamentally dishonourable; and the Odyssean view which sees them as legitimate strategies for winning. There are pragmatic arguments on both sides, but on balance the Galahadian perspective is preferable in most sports. A similar conflict of outlooks occurs in fields beyond sport also: e.g. over whether someone holding a bad mortgage should keep paying or default.
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    The joy of living Stoically (review)
    The Philosophers' Magazine 58 119-120. 2012.
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    Relativism, Truth, and Implicit Commitments
    International Studies in Philosophy 32 (2): 95-126. 2000.
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    Doing Philosophy
    Teaching Philosophy 33 (3): 340-343. 2010.
    Review of 'Doing Philosophy: A practical guide for students' by Claire Saunders et al.