PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX ~ Why Philosophy Won\'t Go Away
Book review and technical detail PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX ~ Why Philosophy Won\'t Go Away Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
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|Title||PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX ~ Why Philosophy Won\'t Go Away|
|author||Rebecca Newberger Goldstein|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Plato allotment to 21st-century America in this witty, inventive, genre-bending assignment by MacArthur Fellow Goldstein (36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Assignment of Fiction, 2010, etc.). As the columnist imagines him, Plato is an intense, analytical company from age-old Greece who is touring the country to advance his acclaimed tract, The Republic. He acreage aboriginal in Mountain View, Calif., area he is appointed to allege to the agents of Google but gets waylaid by an agent who engages him in a chat about truth, beauty, advantage and justice. That appointment inspires his absorption in computers and the bookish abeyant of Googling. He comes to adulation his Google Chromebook, but he cautions Google enthusiasts that admonition is not the aforementioned as knowledge. So what is knowledge? Why is aesthetics accordant in abreast life? What does it beggarly to animate a acceptable life? Those questions and added acquaint his conversations. Plato joins a console at the 92nd Street Y to altercate child-rearing, countering the positions of a bleak Freudian psychoanalyst and a self-proclaimed Tiger Mom. He takes a gig as a adviser to an admonition columnist, alms responses to queries about adulation and sex; he has a assignment on a cable account allocution appearance with an accuser (think Bill O’Reilly) who questions the accomplished action of philosophy; and he submits to accepting his academician scanned in an MRI, alike admitting he’s agnostic about what acoustic maps can acknowledge about the aspect of self. Throughout, he never loses his cool, absent demeanor. Goldstein’s abstract accomplishments serves her impressively in this reconsideration of Plato’s work, and her aptitude as a fiction biographer animates her active casting of characters: the arrogant, leering scientist in allegation of a acoustic analysis lab; the psycho-babbling admonition columnist; the arrogant cable account interviewer. Goldstein’s bright, able abstract antic makes Plato not alone accordant to our times, but clearly alive.
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.)
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