Nick Riggle, PhD

Nick Riggle
Phone: (619) 260-6873
Office: Founders Hall 165C

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, New York University;
  • B.A., UC Berkeley, Philosophy (Highest Honors)

Nick Riggle came to USD in the fall of 2015. He has a PhD in philosophy from New York University and a BA from UC Berkeley. His main areas of research are aesthetics, moral psychology, and ethics.

Scholarly Work

Professor Riggle's research explores how issues in moral psychology and ethics echo and interact with issues in aesthetics and the arts. He also has an interest in the history of philosophy (especially Kant), and likes to keep a philosophical eye on contemporary artistic and ethical culture. Professor Riggle's work has been published by The Philosophical Quarterly, The British Journal of Aesthetics, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and McSweeney’s. For more details, visit his personal website at

Areas of Interest

Professor Riggle will regularly offer courses in aesthetics, moral psychology, and ethics. In the 2015-16 academic year he will be teaching Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy of Love, and Virtues and Vices.