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About Professor Rebecca Goldstein

Professor Rebecca Goldstein is both a philosopher and a novelist.

She received her PhD in Philosophy from Princeton University and has taught philosophy at Barnard College, Rutgers, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, including courses on philosophy of science, the seventeenth-century rationalists, and philosophical themes in the modern novel. She has also taught writing in the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University.

Her latest book is Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away and other publications include the award-winning Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew who Gave Us Modernity (2006) and Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (2010).

Professor Goldstein was named a MacArthur Fellow (popularly known as the “genius award”) in 1996, and elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. She has held numerous fellowships, including those from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the Santa Fe Institute.

She was recently designated both Humanist of the Year by The American Humanist Association and Free-thought Heroine by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

In 2015, Professor Goldstein was awarded the National Medal of the Humanities by President Obama in a ceremony at the Whitehouse.