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Teaching Plato in Palestine 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 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.

    10 thoughts on “[ PDF ] ✪ Teaching Plato in Palestine Author Carlos Fraenkel –

  1. says:

    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...

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    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 teaches philosophy and religion at McGill University and at Oxford He has a varied background which is reflected in his work as he has lived and studied in Germany, Brazil, Israel, and Paris.While Fraenkel s first book was lengthy and erudite, the book I am reviewing here, Teaching Plato in Palestine Philosophy in a Divided World 2015 is relatively short, and it is written for lay readers Fraenkel sees philosophy as a process of thinking than as a particular doctrinal teaching, such as existentialism, idealism, logical positivism He writes What I mean is the practice of philosophy acquiring techniques of debate logical and semantic tools that allow us to clarify our views and to make and respond to arguments and cultivat...

  3. says:

    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, va...

  4. says:

    Inspires you into seeing the merit of philosophy

  5. says:

    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 explore the role of God s law, the role of government, the relationship between people in civil societies, morality, colonialism, and self identity, and they reveal not only paradoxes but the historical and social contexts of the various societies In Palestine and New York where he converses with a group of ultra orthodox Jews , many participants acknowledge that even talking about ideas in such a way is completely forbidden In Brazil and the Mohawk Nation, meanwhile, discussing philosophical questions is regarded as social necessity, though both groups acknowledge that it doesn t happened enough The conversations are fascinating and wide ranging, so it s difficult to read them without trying to engage the people around you in the discussions that you re having with those on the page Sometimes, it s the ideas that you want to talk about other times, it s the...

  6. says:

    Some good things, some bad things I will have a review up soon.

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