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Rebecca Goldstein

“Plato conceived of philosophy as necessarily gregarious rather than solitary. The exposure of presumptions is best done in company, the more argumentative the better. This is why discussion around the table is so essential. This is why philosophy must be argumentative.”

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Rebecca is a novelist and philosopher. She graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College, receiving the Montague Prize for Excellence in Philosophy. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy by Princeton University.

The recipient of numerous awards for both her fiction and scholarship, including Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships; in 1996 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the “Genius” Prize, and in 2010 was named Humanist of the Year.

Her novels include The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal and Quantum Physics, and 36 Arguments for The Existence of God: A Work of Fiction. She is also the author of Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, named by Discover Magazine one of the best science books of 2005, and the award-winning Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. Her latest book is Plato at The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.

In addition to Barnard, Goldstein has taught at Columbia, Rutgers, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and she is as of January 2014 a visiting professor at the New College of the Humanities in London.

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