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

"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