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

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

作者 : Nick Riggle

出版社 : PENGUIN GROUP (USA) INC.

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定價 : NT 499

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前職業滑冰選手及哲學家Nick Riggle以生動有趣的論述,闡述如何成為非凡之人
「Nick Riggle的新書對於成為非凡之人有完全不同的見解,透過日常語言哲學,定義生活意義,並提出最良好的生活方式。」─Aaron James,暢銷書《混蛋理論》作者

有些人優秀,也有些人反之,但我們該如何定義兩者的差異?你的平日表現是偏向冷靜或勇於挑戰?你總是跳脫傳統或墨守成規?如果你是如此看待好與不好,那就陷入一般人道德上對於優秀的定義。非凡之人擅長創造社交機會,勇於表達自我。但如果你小氣、自吹自擂、講話煞風景或是個混蛋,老是把社交場合弄的烏煙瘴氣,那你就是個不折不扣的遜咖。

從街頭歌手到民歌手,法國作家普魯斯特到最偉大的禮節作家艾蜜麗‧普斯特,美國總統歐巴馬到前道奇隊棒球選手格倫‧柏克,作者Riggle借鑒流行文化、政治、歷史及運動等,探討非凡的起源,深入研究成為遜咖的細微之處,是否也能透過努力從遜咖成為優秀者。本書將以全新的視野及角度,帶領讀者重新認識自我,創造更多提升自我的機會。

In this lively treatise, pro-skater-turned-philosopher Nick Riggle presents a theory of awesomeness (and its opposite, suckiness) that’s both sharply illuminating and more timely than ever
 
“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
 

We all know people who are awesome and people who suck, but what do we really mean by these terms? Have you ever been chill or game? Do you rock or rule? If so, then you’re tapped into the ethics of awesomeness. Awesome people excel at creating social openings that encourage expressions of individuality and create community. And if you’re a cheapskate, self-promoter, killjoy, or douchebag, you’re the type of person who shuts social openings down. Put more simply: You suck.
 
From street art to folk singers, Proust to the great etiquette writer Emily Post, President Obama to former Los Angeles Dodger Glenn Burke, Riggle draws on pop culture, politics, history, and sports to explore the origins of awesome, and delves into the nuances of what it means to suck and why it’s so important to strive for awesomeness. An accessible and entertaining lens for navigating the ethics of our time, On Being Awesome provides a new and inspiring framework for understanding ourselves and creating meaningful connections in our everyday lives.
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作者介紹
Nick Riggle
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.
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