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Plato at the Googleplex

Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
Goldstein, Rebecca (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"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.
Authors: Goldstein, Rebecca, 1950-
Title: Plato at the Googleplex
why philosophy won't go away
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
Characteristics: 459 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Contents: Man walks into a seminar room
Plato at the Googleplex
In the shadow of the Acropolis
Plato at the 92nd Street Y
I don't know how to love him
xxxPlato
Socrates must die
Plato on cable news
Let the sunshine in
Plato in the magnet
Summary: "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.
ISBN: 9780307378194
0307378195
Branch Call Number: 184 G6247p 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-444) and index
Subject Headings: Plato Influence Philosophy History 21st century Imaginary conversations
Topical Term: Philosophy
Imaginary conversations
LCCN: 2013029660
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Rebecca Goldstein debunks the theory that philosophy is obsolete. In fact, the author shows how philosophy underpins much of our thinking, and imagines what Plato would say to the host of a television show who insists that there can be no morality without religion.


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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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