Plato at the Googleplex

Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

Goldstein, Rebecca

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Plato at the Googleplex
"From the acclaimed writer and thinker--whose award-winning books include both fiction and non-fiction--a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden but essential role in today's debates on love, religion, politics, and science. Imagine that Plato came to life in the 21st century and set out on a multi-city speaking tour: How would he handle a host on Fox News who challenges him on religion and morality? How would he mediate a debate on the best way to raise a child between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a Tiger Mom? How would he answer a neuroscientist who, about to scan Plato's brain, argues that all his philosophical problems can be solved by our new technologies? What would he make of Google, and the idea that knowledge can be crowdsourced rather than reasoned out by experts? With a philosopher's depth and a novelist's imagination, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein probes the deepest issues confronting us--from sexuality and child-rearing to morality and the meaning of life--by allowing us to eavesdrop on Plato as he encounters the modern world. By reviving the Platonic art of the dialogue for the 21st century, she demonstrates that the questions he first posed continue to confound and enlarge us"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307378194
Characteristics: 459 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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As Goldstein puts it: ‘If philosophy makes progress, then why doesn’t Plato at long last just go away?’... She claims progress in philosophy is real but ‘invisible because it is incorporated into our points of view. . . . We don’t see it, because we see with it.’ Yet if that were so, shouldn’t Pl... Read More »

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Feb 05, 2015
  • 1aa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Starts off strong and lively; the chapter of the debate on 'warrior moms' ought to have been longer, but the two chapters on sex were kind of silly, and the last chapter never really took off although its build up was terrific.

May 16, 2014
  • AitchmarkB52 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

really fun & insightful. Reminded me why I liked reading the Dialogs oh so many years ago in school....


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