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Lecture about Reinhart Koselleck by Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann

Reinhard Koselleck, who would have turned 100 years on April 23, is considered one of the most important representatives of historical studies in the 20th century. Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Berkeley) will present his new book on Koselleck's intellectual career on May 10 at the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt, which is currently being reviewed in the national newspapers. The event will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Gotha Research Center at Schloßberg 2 in Gotha. All interested parties are cordially invited to attend.

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? To these two familiar ideas Koselleck added a third: It is not history that repeats itself, but the conditions of possible histories. Only when we know what repeats itself do we recognize 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at Berkeley, has reconstructed Koselleck's intellectual biography and his unwritten book on the basis of previously unpublished material from his estate: his Historik.