Rescheduled LAE Faculty Forum to discuss knowledge and Nazism

April Forum

This LAE Faculty Forum was originally scheduled for December and was postponed, due to unforeseen circumstances. The forum will now take place on Thursday, April 13 at its original time and location of 5-6:30 p.m. in Room 136, Doudna Hall.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education Faculty Forum Series will conclude with a presentation 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.