Rebecca Goldstein

Rebecca Goldstein

Formal First Name
1950 - present

Rebecca Goldstein is a philosopher, novelist and professor whose career bridges the cultural divides between the humanities, the arts, and the sciences. Rebecca is an important voice in the current active debates between religion and science, and has been called the “new New Atheists”—a class that discusses religion with greater respect than some other contemporary atheists. She has written 6 novels, a number of short stories and essays, and biographical studies of mathematician Kurt Gödel and philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Amongst many other philosophical texts, she is the author of Plato at the Googleplex, Betraying Spinoza and 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction. Rebecca has taught courses at Barnard University, Columbia and Rutgers. She has been a visiting scholar at Brandeis University, and taught for five years as a visiting professor in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College. Shen has won prestigious awards and posts in recognition of her many achievements, both literary and scholarly. Today, Rebecca is a Visiting Professor of Philosophy and English at NYU and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the New College of the Humanities, London.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)

  • Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Jewish Encounters Series)

  • The Mind-Body Problem, with foreword by Jane Smiley

  • Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

  • 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction

  • Properties Of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum Physics


  • National Medal of the Humanities, 2015

  • Freethought Heroine, Freedom From Religion Foundation 2011

  • Humanist of the Year, American Humanist Association 2011

  • Guggenheim Fellow, 2006-2007

  • Radcliffe Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study 2006-2007

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2005

  • MacArthur Foundation Fellow, 1996-2001


  • She lectures worldwide and has spoken at the World Science Festival in New York.

  • She also spoke at the London School of Economics, the Bath Literature Festival, and Cambridge University.