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What is the chief end of a human life?  Do we look to the catechism and say that the glory of God is the ultimate term?  Do Enlightenment notions of freedom occupy that governing spot? What if the best-lived life seeks excellence and beauty for the sake of being awesome?  That seems to be the question that Nick Riggle’s recent book On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck poses, and the philosophy that unfolds is all kinds of fun.  And what’s even better, his explorations give teachers like me a chance to consider the contingency of all ethical discourse, and that’s worth something in itself.

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