Carlos Fraenkel: Teaching Plato in Palestine
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.
The book presentation will be commented by Refqa Abu-Remaileh (EUME Fellow at Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin).
The event is a cooperation with "Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe" (EUME), a research program at the Forum Transregionale Studien.
23 June 2015, 7 pm