Articles & Stories

In Press
Goldstein RN. Explanatory Completeness and Spinoza's Monism. In: Goff P Spinoza On Monism . Palgrave; In Press.
Goldstein RN. Literary Spinoza. In: Rocca MD Oxford Handbook of Spinoza. New York: Oxford University Press; In Press.
2014
<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.
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
Goldstein R. Love, Tough and Not: I.J. Singer’s "The Brothers Ashkanazi". The Book, The New Republic online [Internet]. 2010. Website
Goldstein R. Hearts Full of Sorrow (Review of Nicole Krauss's "Great House"). New York Times Book Review [Internet]. 2010. Website
Goldstein R. When Clarity Isn't a Virtue. Wall Street Journal [Internet]. 2010. Website
Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
Goldstein R. Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction. Pantheon; 2010.Abstract
Equally adept at fiction (a winner of the National Jewish Book Award) and philosophy (a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” prize), Rebecca Newberger Goldstein now gives us a novel that transforms the great debate between faith and reason into an exhilarating romance of both heart and mind. At the center: Cass Seltzer, a professor of psychology whose book, The Varieties of Religious Illusion, has become a surprise best seller. He’s been dubbed “the atheist with a soul,” and his sudden celebrity has upended his life. He wins over the stunning Lucinda Mandelbaum–“the goddess of game theory”–and loses himself in a spiritually expansive infatuation. A former girlfriend appears: an anthropologist who invites him to join in her quest for immortality through biochemistry. But he is haunted by reminders of the two people who ignited his passion to understand religion: his teacher Jonas Elijah Klapper, a renowned literary scholar with a suspicious obsession with messianism, and an angelic six-year-old mathematical genius, heir to the leadership of an exotic Hasidic sect. The rush of events in a single dramatic week plays out Cass’s conviction that the religious impulse spills out into life at large. In 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein explores the rapture and torments of religious experience in all its variety. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and intellectually captivating, it is a luminous and intoxicating novel.
2007
Goldstein R. A Kibitz on Pure Reason (dialogue with Michael Weiss). Jewcy [Internet]. 2007. Website
Goldstein R. Review of Saul Bellow’s “Novels 1956-1964”. Los Angeles Times [Internet]. 2007. Website