New Book

Winner of the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction 2015

"If you read one book published this year, [...] make it Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World." Aminatta Forna, The Independent

"What unites [the classroom conversations] is [Fraenkel's] skill in the art of posing questions designed to perplex and provoke. He lets us overhear the Socratic form of dialogue that Plato invented and that Mr. Fraenkel practices much to his students’ pleasure, and ours." Benjamin Balint, The Wall Street Journal

"The author urges religious people who aren't bound by literalism, secularists who don't dismiss all religion as anachronism, and inquisitive types of all persuasions to try something. First, accept freedom of expression, recognize your fallibility and prepare yourself to revise received assumptions. And then plunge into debates about morality, faith, governance, rights and other matters that divide us [...] The discussions you engage in, as suggested by his and his students' experiences, will likely broaden your horizons and nourish your intellect." Rayyan Al-Shawaf, Toronto Star

"Carlos Fraenkel [...] persuasively shows the value of philosophical work that engages the broader public and other cultures. [...] Each [episode in the book] is beautifully described and the results are utterly captivating." Daniel A. Bell, Literary Review of Canada

"[L]ucid and compelling. Fraenkel makes an eloquent case for a culture of debate that requires strong convictions tempered by a sense of one's own fallibility." Frank Freeman, Hedgehog Review

"Fraenkel offers a bold answer to the question of what philosophy has to offer to the non-philosopher. Philosophy is important not because the corporate world needs sharper analysts; not because it exposes myths and emancipates slaves; not because it draws us closer to God. Rather, we, each and every one of us, should philosophise so that we might become more deeply enmeshed in our friends and neighbours' individual quests for truth. This is an inviting vision." Taneli Kukkonen, Philosophers' Magazine

"Fresh, iconoclastic, stimulating debates." Kirkus

Teaching Plato in Palestine is a slim, straightforward yet surprisingly rich work of philosophy that will intrigue the amateur as well as the expert. Sarah Gustafson, The Key Reporter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

 Teaching Plato in Palestine among "Books of the Year 2015" chosen by the Australian

"[E]in äußerst lesenswertes Buch." Uwe Justus Wenzel, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

"Dies ist ein wichtiges philosophisches Buch. […] Ein wenig verrückt muss wohl in der Tat sein, wer heute loszieht und mit Philosophie die Welt retten will. Aber einen Versuch ist es wert.“ Manuela Lenzen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

"Carlos Fraenkel liefert ein beherztes Plädoyer für den Nutzen der Philosophie als Instrument der Verständigung über kulturelle und religiöse Differenzen hinweg." Catherine Newmark, Deutschlandradio Kultur

"Fraenkel liefert mit seinem Werk ein engagiertes [...] Plädoyer für geistige Offenheit und differenzierte Wahrheitssuche." Aurel Jörg, Kontext (SRF 2 Kultur)

"Dieses Buch liest man mit Begeisterung." Christian Modehn, Humanistischer Pressedienst

"La labor de Fraenkel--y su mayor logro--es propiciar un debate respetuoso en el seno de todas esas culturas. [...] Se trata de cuestionar los límites de la tradición para cultivar el pensamiento propio. Y eso también--o sobre todo--vale para el lector." Clara Morales, infoLibre

"Una buena idea, un mejor trabajo y, quizá, una solución." Juan Bolea, El Periódico de Aragón

"Las situaciones de exclusión, opresión y calamidad no son producto de la casualidad, sino de instancias, estructuras e individuos que requieren de la acriticidad de la mayoría para consolidarse. Es ingenuo pensar que por sí mismas, o por una especie de desarrollo social por “inercia” surgirán las condiciones para filosofar. Estas condiciones surgen, paulatinamente, con esfuerzos como el del profesor Carlos Fraenkel." Leonardo Díaz, Acento