Contributions

On What Matters
April 14, 2017 ·

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The philosophical concept of “mattering” is one that Rebecca Goldstein has spent much of her career analyzing. In this conversation, Goldstein applies the concept to topics like sexism, racism, humanism, religion, and death, and presents the case for why everyone—even those who say they’re averse to philosophy—should think about what it means to “matter.” This …

Why Women Are Too Polite About Religion
December 24, 2015 ·

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Prominent secular scholars Rebecca Goldstein and Susan Jacoby discuss the unique cultural expectations for women regarding religion. Touching on themes of motivation for religious participation, family pressure, and even the politeness of female atheists, Goldstein and Jacoby examine the phenomenon. Rebecca Goldstein is an award-winning philosopher and author, whose most recent book is Plato at …

The Effort to Get Our Bearings
November 18, 2015 ·

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Rebecca Goldstein is an award-winning philosopher and author, whose most recent book is Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away. In 2105, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. She is also the recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award, the National Jewish Book Award and numerous other honors. In this …