Publications

2014

"5 Answers," in Science and Religion: 5 Questions, edited by Gregg D. Caruso, Automatic Press

. In: ; 2014.

What Would Plato Tweet?

. The New York Times [Internet]. 2014. Read the Article

 How Philosophy Makes Progress

. The Chronicle of Higher Education [Internet]. 2014. Read the Article
<p>PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away</p>
Goldstein R.

PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away

. Pantheon Books; 2014. Check out my Book TourAbstract
At the heart of the latest work from acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein lies one question: is philosophy obsolete? In PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX (Pantheon Books/March 4), Goldstein proves why philosophy is here to stay – and in fact more relevant today than ever before – by revealing its hidden (though essential) role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science. Goldstein does so in a wholly unique way – by imagining Plato (the original philosopher) come to life in the twenty-first century. As he embarks on a multicity speaking tour, Goldstein asks: how would Plato handle a host on FOX News who denies that there can be morality without religion? How would he mediate a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a Tiger Mom on how to raise the perfect child? How would he answer a neuroscientist who, about to scan Plato’s brain, argues that science has definitively answered the questions of free will and moral agency? And what would Plato make of Google, and the idea that knowledge can be crowdsourced rather than reasoned out by experts? Goldstein also provides an in-depth study of Plato’s views, while examining the culture responsible for producing them. With scholarly depth and a novelist’s imagination and wit, she probes the deepest issues confronting our time, by allowing us to understand the source of Plato’s theories, and to eavesdrop as he takes on the modern world.
2013

 

Speaking Prose All Our Lives

. The Humanist [Internet]. 2013. Read the Article
Goldstein RN, Goff P.

Explanatory Completeness and Spinoza's Monism

. In: Spinoza On Monism . Palgrave; 2013.
Goldstein RN, Rocca MD.

Literary Spinoza

. In: Oxford Handbook of Spinoza. New York: Oxford University Press; 2013.
2011
Goldstein RN. The Afterlife of Skeptics. Black Clock. 2011;13.
Goldstein RN. You Must Read This: Saul Bellow's Letters. NPR online [Internet]. 2011. Website
Alan Lightman RG. Bridging the Two Cultures; A Conversation between Rebecca Goldstein and Alan Lightman. World Literature Today [Internet]. 2011;(Jan/Feb). Website
Goldstein R. Sell Descartes, Buy Spinoza. Prospect [Internet]. 2011;(June):20. Website
2010
Goldstein RN. The Afterlife of Skeptics. In: Rubin D Promised Lands. University Press of New England; 2010.
Bardi J. The HUMANIST Interview with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. The Humanist. 2010;(May/June):10-15.
Goldstein R. Five Best Novels of Ideas. Wall Street Journal [Internet]. 2010. Website
Goldstein R. What's In a Name?. In: Bryson B Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society. London: HarperPress; 2010. royal_society_volume.pdf
Goldstein R. On the Seventh Day (review of Judith Shulevitz's "The Sabbath World"). New York Times Book Review [Internet]. 2010. Website
Goldstein R. Theory, Literature, Hoax. New York Times Book Review [Internet]. 2010. Website
Goldstein R. Does Moral Action Depend on Reasoning? Yes and no, happily. In: Big Questions Essay Series. John Templeton Foundation; 2010. goldstein.pdf