CAN PHILOSOPHY SAVE the Middle East? This, I learn from a friend upon arriving in Israel in February of 2006, is the thesis of Sari Nusseibeh, not only a prominent Palestinian intellectual and the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s former chief representative in Jerusalem, but by training a philosopher (and, I think, by nature, too). “Only philosophy” the friend quotes him as saying at the Shlomo Pines memorial lecture he gave in West Jerusalem three years before. Six months later, when I return to Montreal, I’m almost convinced that he’s right.
Friday, June 8, 2007