Book celebration 'Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind'

Tuesday 18 June 2024, 5 pm - 7 pm

The Department of Philosophy of Law invites you to attend a book celebration at the occasion of the publication of the new, critical edition of Hannah Arendt’s last book project, The Life of the Mind.

Prompted in part by her experience reporting on the trial of Eichmann in Jerusalem, and conceived as a sequel to The Human Condition, her landmark study of the vita activaThe Life of the Mind focuses on what she considers as the three basic mental activities: thinking, willing, and judging, as well as their relations to the world and our capacity for moral and political action. 

The book manuscript remained unfinished at the time of Arendt’s death in 1975, and was published posthumously in a version edited by Mary McCarthy. The new, critical edition, edited by Wout Cornelissen, Thomas Bartscherer, and Anne Eusterschulte, was published in April 2024 by Wallstein Verlag as volume 14 of Arendt’s Kritische Gesamtausgabe / Complete Works: Critical Edition. The new edition constitutes, for the first time, the text of Arendt’s typescripts as she had left them, supplemented by a wealth of previously unpublished materials and an elaborate editorial commentary. The edition marks a new beginning in the reception of Arendt’s last great work.

At this event, Wout Cornelissen will give a presentation on the project, followed by responses by three invited speakers: Veronica Vasterling, Pauline Kleingeld, and Willem Jan Otten.


17:00 room open

17:20 welcome by Ronald Tinnevelt

17:30 presentation by Wout Cornelissen

18:00 responses by:

  • Veronica Vasterling
  • Pauline Kleingeld
  • Willem Jan Otten

18:45 Q&A

19:00 buffet dinner & drinks


Ronald Tinnevelt is Professor of Philosophy of Law at Radboud University. He published many articles and edited volumes, on global justice, the normative status of political parties, and, more recently, the rule of law.

Wout Cornelissen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Law at Radboud University. He published essays on Arendt’s conceptions of thinking in Artifacts of Thinking (2017) and the Bloomsbury Companion to Arendt (2020), and is co-editor of the new, critical edition of Arendt’s The Life of the Mind (Wallstein, 2024).

Veronica Vasterling is Associate professor of Philosophical Anthropology, Emerita, at Radboud University. She published many articles and book chapters on Hannah Arendt’s political thought, hermeneutic phenomenology, and feminist philosophy.

Pauline Kleingeld is Professor of Ethics and its History at the University of Groningen. She published widely on Kant, ethics, and political philosophy, including the monograph Kant and Cosmopolitanism (Cambridge UP, 2017). She edited translations of Kant’s Toward Perpetual Peace and Other(Yale UP, 2006) and Gottfried Achenwall’s Natural Law and Prolegomena to Natural Law. She is the recipient of the Spinoza Prize (2020) and numerous other research grants.

Willem Jan Otten is an acclaimed Dutch poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. He is the recipient of the Constantijn Huygens Award (1999) and the P.C. Hooft Award for essays (2014). Recent works include the essay De om (Van Oorschot, 2021), the collection of poems Genadeklap (Van Oorschot, 2019), and a Dutch translation (2016) of Christian Wyman’s My Bright Abyss.

Tuesday 18 June 2024, 5 pm - 7 pm
Grotius building, room -1.070
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