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Plato at the Googleplex

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

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Title: Plato at the Googleplex
Author: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Genre: Non-fiction
Written: 2014
Length: 433 pages
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Why we haven't reviewed it yet:

Gave it 120 pages; good idea, and some fun stuff, but just too much rehashing of the basics; better to spend the time on the real thing

Chances that we will review it:


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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
Boston Globe . 15/3/2014 Matthew Price
The NY Times Book Rev. . 20/4/2014 Anthony Gottlieb
San Francisco Chronicle . 17/3/2014 John Wilwol
Wall St. Journal . 7/3/2014 Colin McGinn
The Washington Post . 2/4/2014 Michael Dirda

  From the Reviews:
  • "Riffing on Plato’s own style in his philosophical writings, which are built around dialogues, Goldstein constructs these lively chapters as a series of the encounters between fictional characters as they interact with the ancient Greek philosopher. The technique wears thin at times; but Goldstein blows up the model of standard-issue philosophical treatises with her imaginative approach. (...) Part of me wishes she had dispensed with her fictional chapters, because Goldstein as Goldstein is an exhilarating guide to philosophy." - Matthew Price, Boston Globe

  • "Goldstein’s resurrection of Plato actually works, which is no mean achievement. His avid Googling is slightly puzzling precisely because her character is recognizably the real thing — or rather, a plausible reconstruction of his mouthpiece, Socrates." - Anthony Gottlieb, The New York Times Book Review

  • "The writing in the expository chapters of Plato at the Googleplex can get discursive, but this probably won't surprise anyone who's ever taken a college-level philosophy course. (...) But more often than not, Goldstein writes with verve and directness." - John Wilwol, San Francisco Chronicle

  • "Ms. Goldstein's conceit may seem a bit contrived, but Plato's own dialogues were equally stagey, presenting Socrates in conversation, and frequently in conflict, with the figures of fifth-century Athens. Ms. Goldstein has forged something similar, hoping to cover an equal variety of subjects in an engaging manner: just government, the education of children, influence and persuasion, the unseen world of universals, the meaning of life." - Colin McGinn, Wall Street Journal

  • "In Plato at the Googleplex, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein set out to showcase, in sometimes startling ways, the continuing relevance of a classic philosopher. But what’s remarkable is that she actually brings off this tour de force with both madcap brilliance and commanding authority." - Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

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About the Author:

       American author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein was born in 1950.

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