Emrys grew up in Chesterfield in the UK, about 150 miles North of London. He studied philosophy at Sheffield University, McGill University, and the University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral dissertation was on the problem of relativism, and he has published several articles on this issue in various scholarly journals. In recent years he has written mainly about everyday ethics and the nature of the good life. He has published three books and numerous articles; he also writes an essay once a month for the popular blog 3QuarksDaily.
For the past 20 years Emrys has taught philosophy at Alfred University in western New York. His last book, 'The Wisdom of Frugality' examines the pros and cons of simple living. His interest in this topic sparks from life in Alfred, a rurally located college town, which is so pleasantly simple. He walks to work every day. He has a large vegetable garden. And there aren't many places nearby where one is tempted to spend a lot of money. His main recreations are reading, writing, gardening, squash, playing the guitar, and conversing with friends.