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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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“Peripatetic Philosophers” (1910)

“Peripatetic Philosophers” (1910)

(p.174) 32 “Peripatetic Philosophers” (1910)
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This chapter is a rather bemused and somewhat condescending discussion of the phenomenon of “peripatetic philosophers”—Jewish intellectuals from the Lower East Side and other immigrant neighborhoods—soapboxing and demonstrating out on the streets, parks, and other public spaces. Their actions can be said to be a revival of ancient Athenian educational practices; and their topics often touch a wide variety: art, literature, drama, socialism, anarchy, woman's suffrage, child labor, the nature of evil, pragmatism, restricted immigration, Milwaukee politics, and any number of other subjects. Once limited to East Broadway, this phenomenon has since spread elsewhere in the state and continues to thrive.

Keywords:   peripatetic philosophers, Jewish intellectuals, New York, Lower East Side, immigrant neighborhoods, soapboxing, demonstrations

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