Presenting author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: What would Plato think about today’s philosophical debates?


Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author, "Plato at the Googleplex"


Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

  • Date/time: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7 pm, 2015

  • Site: UC San Diego, Price Center East Ballroom

  • Admission: Free, open to the public

In her 2014 book, "Plato at The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away," author/philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein imagines what Plato would think, write and say if he were to come to life in the 21st century.

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Goldstein will be the featured speaker as part of the UC San Diego Extension’s Helen Edison Lecture Series. Presented free and open to the public, the event will be held on campus at the Price Center East Ballroom, starting at 7 pm.

Goldstein will be in lively conversation with Roger Bingham, founder of The Science Network and an affiliate with UC San Diego’s Institute for Neural Computation.

In "Plato at the Googleplex," Goldstein uses the Greek philosopher’s alter ego to contend that the soul-searching ideals of philosophy remain as relevant as ever amid today’s heated debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.

Weaving her scholarly depth and novelist’s imagination, Goldstein probes the deeper issues of modern times and millennia past.

Goldstein holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University and has taught at Columbia, Rutgers, and Brandeis universities. She has been awarded MacArthur Foundation, Guggenheim, and Radcliffe fellowships and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Presented by UC San Diego Extension, the Helen Edison Lecture Series is privately funded by a major gift from the late Helen Edison, a San Diego philanthropist.

The annual series presents free public lectures by distinguished speakers from a wide range of disciplines including the arts, humanities, and science.

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