Achim D. Köddermann
Köddermann teaches and chairs philosophy at the State University of New York, Oneonta. Lately, he is happy to see that ethics cannot only be taught, but also applied: through cooperation of students, faculty and administrators, the University is slowly going "green." His latest work with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing focuses on the search for a cross-cultural consensus: what is the role of the Humanities in the 21st century? What will become of intellectual property without copyright protection, if there is no ethical consensus?
Köddermann's expertise has been used in the elaboration of codes against violence, for tolerance, and in strategies for the intellectual integration of reunified Germany. Lately, he worked with diplomats from Afghanistan to Tadjikistan on common foundations for rational discourse. In his recent past, Köddermann worked as corporate planner for German Public Television on moral forms of mergers within European banks and on the defense of academic freedom and integrity.
When he first came to the CWA, now-legendary Howard Higman left his cane, held on to Köddermann's scarf, and dragged him into this unique mix of international ideas that allows the emergence of the unexpected. His most exciting CWA moments have been a Dantesque reading/viewing of La Dolche Vita with Roger Ebert, the charming and ironic embrace of Molly Ivins, and the chance to see the best, brightest, and most provocative students go off into the world—and return as participants.
Köddermann split his recent sabbatical between Schopenhauer and Kant, Prague and Vienna, the Alps and the Catskills. But for the month of April, he is convinced that Boulder is the center of the world as a free forum of ideas.