On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck

Author(s): Nick Riggle

Cultural Studies

In this original, fun, and slyly helpful investigation of a thoroughly modern condition, pro-skater-turned-philosopher Nick Riggle argues that our collective interest in being awesome (and not sucking) marks a new era in American culture, one that is shaped by relatively recent social, cultural and technological shifts. An accessible, philosophical road trip through the ethics of our time, On Being Awesome provides a new and inspiring framework for understanding friendship, success, and happiness in our everyday lives.


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"What is the opposite of an asshole? It's the 'awesome' person who goes off script in the usual interactions, creating new opportunities for creative expression and social communion. Nick Riggle's fun book is 'awesome' by its own definition. But don't miss its profound ambition, which is to show how philosophy unearths the structure of ordinary language, defines the meaning of life in routine business, and poses the question of how best to live."--Aaron James, author of Assholes: A Theory

Nick Riggle dropped out of high school to become a pro-skater, participating in stunt shows, demos, and world class competitions (including three ESPN X Games appearances). He has a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from NYU, America's leading philosophy program; he is currently a philosophy professor at the University of San Diego. He speaks widely at conferences and workshops and co-organized the first major academic conference on the philosophy of street art and graffiti. He continues to publish in key and notable philosophy journals, as well as more popular outlets including McSweeney's, Aeon (on the high five, awesomeness and suckiness), and Hyperallergic. His current academic work focuses on the role of aesthetic value in human life and is supported by a grant from The Experience Project, a 4.8 million dollar, three-year initiative at UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Notre Dame.

General Fields

  • : 9780143130901
  • : 0.302
  • : September 2017
  • : 195mm X 127mm
  • : United States
  • : November 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nick Riggle
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 158.1
  • : 224