Time: Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7:00pm start - 9.00pm
Date: 20 October 2014
Venue: Nunn Hall, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL
About our speaker
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein received her doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University. Her award-winning books include the novels The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light, and 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction and nonfiction studies of Kurt Gödel and Baruch Spinoza. She has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, has been designated a Humanist of the Year and a Freethought Heroine, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Massachusetts.
About the book:
PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX: WHY PHILOSOPHY WON’T GO AWAY refutes the assertion of some that philosophy is dead, and has no intellectual substance or future in this scientific era. Rebecca offers insight into the significant progress philosophy has made and why it is critical to our lives today and she does so in a witty and imaginative way. Plato is resurrected and into the twenty-first century where he embarks on a speaking tour during which he engages in a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a tiger mother; encounters the host of a right-wing news programme who denies that can be morality without religion; and is made to consider Google and the idea that knowledge can be crowdsourced rather than reasoned out by experts.
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL