Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World

Teaching Plato in Palestine Philosophy in a Divided World Teaching Plato in Palestine is part intellectual travelogue part plea for integrating philosophy into our personal and public life Philosophical toolkit in tow Carlos Fraenkel invites readers on a t

  • Title: Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World
  • Author: Carlos Fraenkel Michael Walzer
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Teaching Plato in Palestine is part intellectual travelogue, part plea for integrating philosophy into our personal and public life Philosophical toolkit in tow, Carlos Fraenkel invites readers on a tour around the world as he meets students at Palestinian and Indonesian universities, lapsed Hasidic Jews in New York, teenagers from poor neighborhoods in Brazil, and the deTeaching Plato in Palestine is part intellectual travelogue, part plea for integrating philosophy into our personal and public life Philosophical toolkit in tow, Carlos Fraenkel invites readers on a tour around the world as he meets students at Palestinian and Indonesian universities, lapsed Hasidic Jews in New York, teenagers from poor neighborhoods in Brazil, and the descendants of Iroquois warriors in Canada They turn to Plato and Aristotle, al Ghaz l and Maimonides, Spinoza and Nietzsche for help to tackle big questions Does God exist Is piety worth it Can violence be justified What is social justice and how can we get there Who should rule And how shall we deal with the legacy of colonialism Fraenkel shows how useful the tools of philosophy can be particularly in places fraught with conflict to clarify such questions and explore answers to them In the course of the discussions, different viewpoints often clash That s a good thing, Fraenkel argues, as long as we turn our disagreements on moral, religious, and philosophical issues into what he calls a culture of debate Conceived as a joint search for the truth, a culture of debate gives us a chance to examine the beliefs and values we were brought up with and often take for granted It won t lead to easy answers, Fraenkel admits, but debate, if philosophically nuanced, is attractive than either forcing our views on others or becoming mired in multicultural complacency and behaving as if differences didn t matter at all.

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    1. I think Fraenkel was right, a Marxist may dismiss this book as the clash between religious and bourgeois ideologoies, a Nietzchean may call it as a disguise fight for domination, and a Freudian may find it as a manifestation of supressed desires. However I think it is an interesting attempt to have a healthy debate between rationality and Islam. Having said that, the author ignores real confrontation between religious doctrines, which go directly against the idea of social justice, gender equali [...]

    2. Taqlid And A Culture Of DebateOne of the best recent books I have read is Carlos Fraenkel's deeply learned and thoughtful work, "Philosophical Religions from Plato to Spinoza: Reason, Religion, and Autonomy” (2012), The book aims, in the author's words to “lay the groundwork for understanding and tracing the history of what I call a philosophical religion.” The book is a difficult historical study of the relationship of philosophy, reason, and religion from Plato to Spinoza. Fraenkel teach [...]

    3. Thought provoking book with a wonderful premise of holding philosophical discussions in Palestine, and Sulawesi in particular communities where religious belief is strong. It also argues that a lively debate in relation to theology, values and beliefs could be encouraged by mandatory education in philosophy ala Brazil, and the need for this cultural debate even in multicultural societies which tend to suppress differences rather than discuss them.

    4. Carlos Fraenkel argues that argument is essential. Argument, he says, is the collaborative search for truth, the willingness to compare ideas and insights with other people in order to build an understanding of our world and our place within it. He illustrates what he means by reporting on philosophical arguments all over the world. Each conversation begins with Aristotle and Plato, and then moves on to consider philosophers who speak to the truths and conflicts of society. The conversations exp [...]

    5. The author's discussions about ethics and morality were interesting, but this book assumes that the reader has completed---or remembers---a college-level Philosophy class.

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