Why are we so fascinated with simplicity today?
Why do we still sometimes resist simplifying our lives?
What is so revolutionary about a simple life?

A Philosophy Simple Living

Today, simple living is a rallying cry for anti-consumerists, environmentalists and anyone concerned with humanity’s effect on the planet.

A Philosophy of Simple Living charts the ideas, motivations, and practices of simplicity from antiquity to the present day. Bringing together an array of people, practices and movements, from Henry David Thoreau to Steve Jobs, and from Cynics and Quakers to the “slow movement,” voluntary simplicity, and degrowth, this book is as comprehensive as it is concise.

Written in elegant, spare prose, this book will inspire all who wish to simplify their lives and convince many that a good life is a simple life.


Living simply is not simply living.