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A leading Palestinian politician once said that only philosophy could save the Middle East. And he wasn’t being ironic. He was convinced that the deadlocked conflicts, hate and mutual distrust could only be resolved by a new way of thinking that identifies and ultimately overcomes the parties’ own stereotypes. The German-Brazilian philosopher Carlos Fraenkel tried that. He journeyed to conflict regions with Plato and other classics in his luggage and organised philosophical debates. With Arab students, Brazilian barrio dwellers, young Muslims, Hasidic Jews in New York. He wanted to learn more about the benefits of philosophy in a strife-torn world. The great traveller and non-fiction author Wolfgang Büscher (“Frühling in Jerusalem”) discusses with Fraenkel the question: Can philosophy help to resolve the world’s conflicts?