MacArthur Fellows Program

Rebecca Goldstein

Writer | Class of 1996

Highland Park, New Jersey
46 at time of award
Published July 1, 1996

About Rebecca's Work

Rebecca Goldstein is a writer whose novels and short stories dramatize the concerns of philosophy without sacrificing the demands of imaginative storytelling.

Her books tell a compelling story as they describe with wit, compassion, and originality, the interaction of mind and heart.  In her fiction, her characters confront problems of faith: religious faith and faith in an ability to comprehend the mysteries of the physical world as complementary to moral and emotional states of being.  Goldstein’s writings reflect the belief that fiction in our time may be the best vehicle for involving readers in questions of morality and existence.  She is the author of The Mind-Body Problem (1983), The Late-Summer Passion of a Woman of Mind (1989), The Dark Sister (1991), Strange Attractors (1993), Mazel (1995), Properties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum Physics (2000), and Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (2005).


Goldstein is a visiting professor of philosophy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  She was an assistant professor of philosophy (1976-1986) at Barnard College and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts (1994-1996).

Goldstein received a B.A. (1972) from Barnard College and a Ph.D. (1976) from Princeton University.

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