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This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive - Nick Riggle, Ph.D. and Todd Kashdan, Ph.D.
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.

Riggle will be in conversation with Todd Kashdan, Ph.D. (FAN ’22), professor of psychology at George Mason University.

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

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of THIS BEAUTY from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Riggle and Kashdan that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://bit.ly/RiggleBook

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Jan 19, 2023 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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