In “Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World” Carlos Fraenkel (Oxford University) invites readers on a tour around the world as he meets with Palestinian students, Hasidic Jews, Iroquois warriors, and others. They turn to philosophy to tackle big questions: Does God exist? What is social justice? How should we deal with the legacy of colonialism? In the discussions, different viewpoints often clash. That’s a good thing, Fraenkel argues, as long as we turn our disagreements into a “culture of debate”. A philosophically nuanced debate is a chance to examine the beliefs and values we normally take for granted and offers a middle way between intolerance and multicultural complacency.
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Carlos Fraenkel teaches philosophy and religion at the University of Oxford and McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of Philosophical Religions from Plato to Spinoza, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, the London Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement, among other publications.
Refqa Abu-Remaileh received her DPhil and MSt in modern Middle Eastern Studies, with a focus on Arabic Literature and Film, from the University of Oxford (2010, 2004) and her BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia (2002). After completing her PhD, Abu-Remaileh worked with the Oxford Research Group’s Middle East Programme, a conflict-resolution organization focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She created a new strategic thinking group involving Palestinian citizens of Israel. In 2012-13 she was a EUME fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and will continue her work with a project on “Resistance and Subversion in Palestinian Literature and Film” as a EUME Fellow in 2014-2015 with a scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.