Keynote Speakers

Tyler Burge, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Tyler Burge is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at UCLA. Burge has made contributions to many areas of philosophy, including the philosophy of mind, philosophy of logic, epistemology, philosophy of language, and the history of philosophy. He is the author of: Truth, Thought, Reason: Essays on Frege (Oxford University Press, 2005), Foundations of Mind (Oxford University Press, 2007),Origins of Objectivity (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Cognition Through Understanding (Oxford University Press, 2013).

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Nick Riggle, Ph.D.
University of San Diego

Nick Riggle is a philosopher and writer. He has a PhD in philosophy from New York University and a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley. His work has been published in a variety of places, including McSweeney's, Philosophers' Imprint, The Philosophical Quarterly, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Penguin Books. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of San Diego.He is also a former professional rollerblader and has traveled the globe skating in numerous demos, shows, and competitions, including the ESPN X Games (1998-2000). Most of his 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. He also keeps a philosophical eye on contemporary artistic and ethical culture. For example, he has published articles about street art and graffiti, and his book On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck (Penguin) was recently released.

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