Dr Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Acclaimed philosopher and novelist Professor 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 such as Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel and Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew who Gave Us Modernity, winner of the 2006 Koret International Jewish Book Award in Jewish.  Her latest book is Plato at the Googleplex: why philosophy won’t go away (Pantheon Books; 2014).  Her novels are published in the UK by Atlantic Books.

Goldstein has served as a judge for many book prizes, including the Koret International Jewish Book Award, the Sammy Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature, and the National Book Award in Fiction. She frequently reviews books for the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

She has been the recipient of MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Radcliffe fellowships, has been designated a Humanist of the Year and a Freethought Heroine, and in 2005 she was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In August 2014 she received the Richard Dawkins Award at the Atheist Alliance of America convention. 

She lives in Massachusetts.

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Multinationals: curse or blessing for the developing world?

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