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Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Wont Go Away
Stephen Hawking said philosophy is dead. Plato would disagree, says acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein, who provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in todays debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.
Philosophy is not obsolete, and the ancient questions that Plato asked are still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, crowd-sourcing and cable news.
Imagine that Plato came to life in the 21st 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?
What would Plato make of Google and the internet, and of the idea that knowledge can be crowd-sourced rather than reasoned out by experts?
With a philosophers depth and a novelists imagination and wit, Goldstein probes the deepest issue confronting us by allowing us to eavesdrop on Plato as he takes on the modern world.