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by Rebecca Goldstein


Books like Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s Plato at the Googleplex are of the rare type that contribute to the popularization of knowledge and create appetite for more. After reading this book you will.

Books like Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s Plato at the Googleplex are of the rare type that contribute to the popularization of knowledge and create appetite for more. question your views and knowledge about politics, psychology, science, history, and ethics. Liana Giorgi, New York Journal of Books.

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Plato at the Googleplex is Goldsteins startling investigation of these conundra. She interweaves her narrative with Platos own choice for bringing ideas to life the dialogue. Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multicity speaking tour. She is a playful, buoyant, witty stylist who parses intractably difficult philosophical and religious ideas with breathtaking ease.

In Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s new book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, Plato turns .

but also with the obstreperous host of a cable news talk show, as a consultant to an advice columnist, and in several other places a long way from ancient Athens. Goldstein is a novelist and a teacher of philosophy whose previous nonfiction book, Betraying Spinoza, was in effect a love letter to the 17th-century Dutch thinker described as the renegade Jew who gave us modernity. Now she has written a love letter to Plato, whom she regards as having given us philosophy.

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In 2014, she published Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away, an exploration of. .

In 2014, she published Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away, an exploration of the historical roots and contemporary relevance of philosophy. The book alternates between expository chapters on the life and ideas of Plato in the context of ancient Greece and modern dialogues in which Plato is brought to life in the 21st century, and demonstrates the relevance of philosophy by arguing with contemporary figures such as a software engineer at Google headquarters, a right-wing talk show host, an affective neuroscientist, and. others.

Plato at the Googleplex is Goldstein’s startling investigation of these conundra. She interweaves her narrative with Plato’s own choice for bringing ideas to life-the dialogue.

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Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science. At the origin of Western philosophy stands Plato, who got about as much wrong as one would expect from a thinker who lived 2,400 years ago. But Plato’s role in shaping philosophy was pivotal. On her way to considering the place of philosophy in our ongoing intellectual life, Goldstein tells a new story of its origin, re-envisioning the extraordinary culture that produced the man who produced philosophy. But it is primarily the fate of philosophy that concerns her. Is the discipline no more than a way of biding our time until the scientists arrive on the scene? Have they already arrived? Does philosophy itself ever make progress? And if it does, why is so ancient a figure as Plato of any continuing relevance? Plato at the Googleplex is Goldstein’s startling investigation of these conundra. She interweaves her narrative with Plato’s own choice for bringing ideas to life—the dialogue. Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multicity speaking tour. How would he handle the host of a cable news program who denies 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? What would Plato make of Google, and of the idea that knowledge can be crowd-sourced rather than reasoned out by experts? With a philosopher’s depth and a novelist’s imagination and wit, Goldstein probes the deepest issues confronting us by allowing us to eavesdrop on Plato as he takes on the modern world.(With black-and-white photographs throughout.)

Tejora
This is a tremendous book. The excerpts that have been published various places really don't do it justice. This is NOT "Plato for Dummies", but rather a very serious book explaining Plato's philosophy.

The book includes several "cute" sections where Plato visits Google, helps an advice columnist advise people on problems with their love life, debates a cable news character, shares the stage with a Tiger mother character and a psychoanalyst to discuss child upbringing, and debates free will with a neuroscientist.

These sections are good, and amusing, and extensively use quotes from various dialogues -- most of Plato's speeches are not made up by Goldstein, but are taken from his writings. For example, much of what Plato says to the cable news character is actually taken from the Platonic dialogue called the Gorgias, in which the character Socrates addresses a character who is very similar to some modern cable news personalities. So this chapter actually summarizes and redoes the Gorgias dialogue, which is both enlightening and amusing.

However, most of the content of the book is not these fantasy sections. Most of the chapters of the book are instead a straightforward exposition by Goldstein of what Plato's philosophy is, how it is based in the culture of ancient Greece yet deviated significantly from that culture and modified it for the better, how it is distinct from Judeo-Christian and other religious approaches to the "meaning of life", and how it influenced subsequent philosophy in the Western world, and in particular the liberal philosophies that came out of the Enlightenment.

I believe that this book is perhaps one of the best introductions to Plato for modern readers that I have seen. As far as I can tell, based on my reading both of Plato and of secondary sources on Plato, Goldstein's book is a highly accurate account of Platonic philosophy. It is also a sympathetic account of Plato.

At the same time, Goldstein makes clear that in some respects the philosophies that have developed since Plato HAVE made progress beyond Plato -- which, as she points out, would please Plato very much.

A reader of this book will get a biographical account of Plato's life, as well as summaries of some of the key points of many Platonic dialogues, and extensive quotations from many of these dialogues. It's a good introduction that should inspire many readers to read the original Plato.

I think this book also makes clear why Platonic philosophy can also be considered a RELIGIOUS philosophy, in the sense that it is not just a theoretical exercise, but a call to live a certain way of life.
Arashitilar
This is why I started studying philosophy in the first place. It is easy for undergraduate students to become bogged down and brittle, narrow and dry, after taking so many classes specializing in one philosopher or another. To read this book was like walking outside after being sick in bed with the flu.

This book is a love of wisdom and the honest search thereof. I loved the approach of the author in giving an odd little chapter (Plato on a tv show with an obvious Bill O,Reily), followed with a chapter exploring subject within context and history.

This should be required reading for every undergrad, philosophy student or not. I put it alongside Durant’s books as beautiful starts on the road to philosophy. In these pages is love of wisdom.
Era
Plato at the Googleplex is a deceptively difficult book. On the surface, it is a collection of Platonic dialogues in which Plato meets the modern world conflated with a series of philosophical reflections on the Platonic corpus. But, like in the works of Plato, all is not as it seems. For Rebecca Goldstein in reality provides a golden braid of her own moving from a reinterpretation of Plato, to a meta-ethic of how human beings should live to a defense of philosophy’s place in the modern academy. It is, to use a trite term, a tour de force.

Explaining this achievement In full would probably need many of the four hundred some pages Goldstein herself uses. But briefly, Goldstein sees Plato as affirming that the highest form of life is the contemplation of eternal verities. Philosophy’s role is to continue to challenge the personal assumptions each of us makes when living under this guise of eternity. His most significant lasting achievement was his own intuition/assumption that the universe is permeated with reason whether or not it is ultimately penetrable by human rationality.

All of this leads to a distinctly modern Plato rather distinct from theory of the forms or the antagonist of the free society. I can’t say I fully buy this version of Plato for if Socrates is his philosophic guide it is hard to see how Socrates’ explicit disinterest in reflections on the cosmos would lead to Plato concluding that it is just such contemplation that is humanity at its best.

But, whether you fully or just partially agree with Dr. Goldstein you will be left with a strong feeling of pathos after reading this account of the life and death of Socrates and its effect on Plato. It gives birth to a philosophic vision worthy of response and reflection.

Not only a noteworthy book but a must read for those who continue to think that forms of reasoning other than science can offer a meaningful contribution to understanding the human predicament.
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away ebook
Author:
Rebecca Goldstein
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Politics & Government
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