This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive (A FAN Virtual Event with Nick Riggle, Ph.D. and Todd Kashdan, Ph.D.)

Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!

We are pleased to collaborate with FAN as they welcome Nick Riggle, Ph.D., author of the new book, This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive. Riggle will be interviewed by Todd Kashdan, Ph.D. (FAN ’22). This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of This Beauty from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Riggle and Kashdan that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: Before Nick Riggle, Ph.D. became an acclaimed philosopher and a new father, he was a pro skater and high school dropout. Reflecting on his past and on the brink of bringing new life into this world, he asks the fundamental question of why we should value our lives even though we did not ask for or consent to them. The conventions of everyday language urge us to value this life and to make the most of it: “seize the day,” “treat yourself,” “you only live once.” While these expressions might appear cliché, they also convey a sense of life’s urgency and fleeting nature. Yet does the finiteness of life, or a feeling that it is precious, itself offer sufficient reason to love life? And does it give us any clue as to how we might go about living?

An associate professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego, Riggle uses these questions as his basis for launching a profound and life affirming inquiry, exploring the nature of beauty—the beauty of this day, this body, this moment, these people—and developing the idea that aesthetic value makes life not only worth living, but worth engaging with and amplifying as beautiful. The result is a refreshing, philosophically ambitious but surprisingly practical guide for understanding ourselves and how best to live, both in our own lives and in relation to others.

About the Author: 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's, Aeon, 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 new 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.”

About the Interviewer: Awarded the 2013 Distinguished Early Career Researcher Award by the American Psychological Association, Todd Kashdan, Ph.D. is among the world’s top experts on the psychology of well-being, psychological strengths, mental agility, and social relationships. His research has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple articles in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and Forbes. As a professor of psychology at George Mason University and a leading educator to the public, Prof. Kashdan translates state-of-the-art science for practical application to improve our everyday lives. He gave a TEDx talk on psychological flexibility and writes the “Curious?” blog for Psychology Today, which is enjoyed by more than four million readers. Kashdan is the author of five books, including Curious?, The Upside of Your Dark Side, and Designing Positive Psychology. His latest book is The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively.


Event date: 

Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Virtual Zoom Event
This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive By Nick Riggle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541675506
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Basic Books - December 6th, 2022

An acclaimed philosopher and new father argues that engaging with beauty can make life worth living