Nick Riggle, Ph.D.

Nick Riggle, Ph.D.

Associate professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego

Nick Riggle, Ph.D. is associate professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego. The author of On Being Awesome, he regularly lectures at top philosophy departments internationally. His work has been published in McSweeney’sAeon,and Hyperallergic, among other outlets.

Most of Riggle’s writing is about art and life and how they intersect. For example, he writes about personal style, how beauty can change who we are or what we care about, how to pursue aesthetic value in our lives, personal ideals, and self-presentation, among other things. His newest book is This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive.

Riggle is a former professional rollerblader and has traveled the globe skating in numerous demos, shows, and competitions, including the ESPN X Games (1998-2000). He invented several tricks and am considered an early founder and proponent of a style of skating called “mushroom blading.”

Riggle has a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from New York University.