December LAE Faculty Forum to discuss knowledge and Nazism

December Forum

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education Faculty Forum Series will end the year with a presentation on Thursday, Dec. 1 by Dr. Michael Sharkey titled “What does knowledge have to do with Nazism?”

Sharkey, professor of Philosophy, publishes work in criticism of 20th century German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who was a Nazi. Sharkey believes that Heidegger has been enormously influential.

“Many books have been written about Heidegger’s Nazism, but I do not think any of them get at its root cause, viz. his doctrine of cognition,” said Sharkey. “In my presentation, I will detail Heidegger’s involvement with the Nazis, rehearse the standard explanations for it and then give my own.”

Dr. Madelon Kohler-Busch, associate professor of German, will be the respondent.

“My response to Dr. Sharkey will address the challenges and impossibilities of translating neologisms,” said Kohler-Busch. “Heidegger’s theories depend on coining such new phenomenological concepts.”

Open to the public, the forum will take place in Room 136, Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville's College of Liberal Arts and Education. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.