The Value of Voluntary Simplicity

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The Floating Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Philosophy - 68 pages
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Social philosopher Richard B. Gregg is credited with coining the term "voluntary simplicity" and is said to be "the first American to develop a substantial theory of nonviolent resistance." He was influenced by Gandhi, and traveled to India to learn from him. In turn Gregg was an influence on figures such as Martin Luther King Jr and Aldous Huxley. His book The Value of Voluntary Simplicity is a philosophical essay on the reasons for and benefits of living more simply.
 

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Contents

I Introduction and Definition
4
II Doubts
8
III Answers to Doubts
12
IV Economic Reasons for Simplicity
22
V Simplicity and Political Influence
30
VI Social Aspects of Simplicity
32
VII NonViolence Requires Simplicity
36
VIII Simplicity and Religion
38
X Simplicity a Kind of Psychological Hygiene
47
XI Simplicity and Beauty
50
XII A Caution
52
XIII Cultivation of Simplicity
54
XIV Involuntary Simplicity
58
XV Simplicity Alone is not Enough
60
Endnotes
63
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IX Simplicity and Personality
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