Monday, May 26, 2014

BOOK - What Would Plato Say About Our World Today?

Just to show my ignorance, I always thought Socrates was a real Greek.  This discussion taught me that, "he (Plato) creates this character of Socrates."

"What would Plato ask a neuroscientist?" PBS NewsHour 5/23/2014


HARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour):  Finally tonight, a book that argues for the place of ancient philosophy in the modern world.

Jeff is back with a conversation he recorded recently.

JEFFREY BROWN (NewsHour):  Our next guest tonight, Plato, the Greek philosopher.  Well, not really, but what if he was able to join us, or to visit Google to discuss search engines or study brain scans with the leading neuroscientists?

How would our world look to him?  What insights might he have for us?

Such questions and flight of imagination are tackled in the new book “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.”

Author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a philosopher, novelist, and winner of a MacArthur Award.  She joins us now.

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