Plato at the Googleplex

Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

RRP: £14.99

6 August 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782395591

RRP: £8.99

3 July 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782395584

What would the ancient Greek philosopher make of the twenty-first-century Google headquarters?

A dazzling exploration of the role of ancient philosophy in modern life from the acclaimed writer and thinker.

Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multi-city speaking tour. How would he mediate a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a ‘tiger mum’ on how to raise the perfect child? How would he handle the host of a right-wing news program who denies there can be morality without religion? What would Plato make of Google, and of the idea that knowledge can be crowdsourced rather than reasoned out by experts?

Plato at the Googleplex is acclaimed thinker Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s dazzling investigation of these conundra. With a philosopher’s depth and erudition 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; it is a stunningly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics and science.