NOVELIST AND PHILOSOPHER
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a novelist, philosopher, and professor whose career bridges the cultural divides between the humanities, the arts, and the sciences. She is an important voice in the current active debates between religion and science and has been called one of the “new New Atheists”—a class that discusses religion with greater respect than some other contemporary atheists. Goldstein lectures all over the world and has spoken at the World Science Festival in New York, the London School of Economics, the Bath Literature Festival, and Cambridge University.
Goldstein graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College and immediately went on to graduate work at Princeton University, receiving her Ph.D. in philosophy. Her first novel, The Mind-Body Problem, was a critical and commercial success. Nine more books have followed, seven of them fiction, including 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, and two of them philosophical biographies, Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, and Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. Goldstein’s latest book Plato at the Googleplex was published in 2014.
Goldstein has won prestigious awards and posts in recognition of her many achievements, both literary and scholarly. In 1996, she was named a MacArthur Fellow, the prize popularly known as the “Genius” award. 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.