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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Philosopher & Author

Philosopher & Author

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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Biography

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a novelist and philosopher. Her novels include "The Mind-Body Problem," "The Late-Summer Passion of a Woman of Mind," "Properties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum Physics," and her latest, "36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction" (Pantheon Books).

In 1996 Goldstein became a MacArthur Fellow. In 2005 she was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2006 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Radcliffe Fellowship. In 2008, she was designated a Humanist Laureate by the International Academy of Humanism, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Emerson College, where she gave the commencement address.

Goldstein has taught at Barnard College, in the Columbia MFA writing program, and in the department of philosophy at Rutgers; has been a visiting scholar at Brandeis University; and has taught for five years as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2006-2007 she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a Guggenheim Fellow. Currently she is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University.

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Speaking Topics

  • Truth in Fiction

    Goldstein discusses the difference between writing nonfiction and fiction. How much reality is found in fiction, and specifically in her book 36 Arguments for the Existence of God.

  • A Match Made in Science

    Rebecca and her husband, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, have been called "the brainiest power couple in America" by Salon magazine. Hear from Rebecca on how they weave their separate and intensely academic professional lives into a shared personal life.

  • Science vs. Religion

    Can science and religion be reconciled, or is there a fundamental tension between them? If atheists have the best arguments, why does religion still function as such an important source of meaning, comfort, and self-identity in so many lives?

  • God and Current Events

    Why has religion suddenly burst onto the American public square, with Religionists and Secularists arguing over everything from the educational requirements in public schools to the nature of morality?

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Videos

  • Rebecca Newberger Goldstein - How Does Philosophy Illuminate ...
    We think we understand the physical world but we do not. For example, some features of the world are derived from others, which makes the ...
  • What Would Plato Think of Crowdsourcing?

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Books

  • Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
    Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
  • 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (Vintage Contemporaries)
    36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (Vintage Contemporaries)
  • Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Jewish Encounters)
    Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Jewish Encounters)
  • Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)
    Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)
  • The Dark Sister (Library of American Fiction)
    The Dark Sister (Library of American Fiction)
  • Mazel (Library of American Fiction)
    Mazel (Library of American Fiction)

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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Truth in Fiction, A Match Made in Science, Science vs. Religion and God and Current Events. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for your event is available upon request. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sam Harris, Calvin Trillin, Lidia Bastianich, Porochista Khakpour and Siri Hustvedt. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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