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Der Riss in der Zeit. Kosellecks ungeschriebene Historik

10. May 2023, 5.15 pm
Gotha Research Centre (Schlossberg 2 Gotha)
Gotha Research Centre (FZG)
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Berkeley)
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Reinhard Koselleck, who would have turned 100 on 23 April, is considered one of the most important representatives of historical studies in the 20th century. Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Berkeley) is now presenting his new book on Koselleck's intellectual career at the Gotha Research Centre, which is currently being reviewed in the national feuilletons (FAZ, SZ, ZEIT).

Throughout his life, Reinhart Koselleck has outlined his theory of historical knowledge in ever new attempts. History happens in time. But how? As progress in an ascending line? Or as a cycle in the eternal return of the same? Koselleck has added a third concept to these two familiar ideas: It is not history that repeats itself, but the conditions of possible histories. Only when we know what repeats itself do we recognise the surprisingly new: the crack in time.

On this occasion, the historian Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, who researches and teaches at Berkeley, has reconstructed Koselleck's intellectual biography and his unwritten book on the basis of previously unpublished material from his estate: his Historik.