Celebration, Book Launch “The Life of the Mind” & Reading
23 Apr 2024

“Sagen, was ist”

Much has happened since the Critical Edition of Hannah Arendt’s works was launched and, in 2020, included in DFG’s long-term funding program: Three volumes of the edition have been published and widely discussed in the press and academia. November 2023 saw the official launch of the edition’s web portal, the central digital access point to the Critical Edition, which makes Arendt’s works freely available in a significantly expanded digital form and with enhanced tools. This April, the next volume of the printed edition will be published by Wallstein Verlag: Hannah Arendt’s last book project The Life of the Mind. This new, critical edition constitutes, for the first time, the text of the typescripts as Arendt had left them—completed drafts of “Thinking” and “Willing” and the title page of “Judging”—supplemented by a wealth of previously unpublished material.

The event on April 23, 2024, will take these developments as an opportunity for exchange. In addition to lectures on Hannah Arendt’s works, the Critical Edition and digital edition practice, the program will also include the presentation of the new, two-volume edition of The Life of the Mind. In the evening, we cordially invite you to a reading from Arendt’s Rahel Varnhagen, the Six Essays, The Modern Challenge to Tradition and The Life of the Mind by the actresses Sarah Franke and Franziska Machens.

Please register by April 11, 2024 via kontakt@arendteditionprojekt.de.


Freie Universität Berlin, Seminar Center, Room L115, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26, 14195 Berlin

2.30 pm

  • Opening remarks

2.40 pm

  • Greeting by the President of Freie Universität Berlin

2.50 pm

  • Greeting by the Dean of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities

3.00 pm

  • Barbara Hahn (Vanderbilt University & Freie Universität Berlin), Anne Eusterschulte (Freie Universität Berlin) & Thomas Wild (Bard College, New York): “Sagen, was ist”. Einblicke in die Kritische Gesamtausgabe der Werke Hannah Arendts

4.00 pm

  • Ingo Kieslich & Fabian Etling (Freie Universität Berlin): Edieren, was ist? Das Erscheinen des Textes in einer digitalen Edition

5.00 pm

  • Wout Cornelissen (Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen) & Anne Eusterschulte (Freie Universität Berlin): Thinking, Willing, Judging: Reading Hannah Arendt’s The Life of the Mind Today / Denken, Wollen, Urteilen: Hannah Arendts The Life of the Mind heute


Lecture room of the Institute of Philosophy of Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 30, 14195 Berlin

6.15 pm

  • Reading performance with Sarah Franke and Franziska Machens: Rahel Varnhagen, Sechs Essays, The Modern Challenge to Tradition & The Life of the Mind

7.45 pm

  • Conclusion with buffet and drinks