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Henry Pickford, Professor of German Studies    editHenry Pickford

Henry W. Pickford’s (Ph.D. 2001, Yale University) research interests focus on modern philosophy and literature in German and Russian, with emphasis on the German philosophical tradition from Kant to Critical Theory. He is the author of The Sense of Semblance: Philosophical Analyses of Holocaust Art (Fordham University Press); Thinking with Tolstoy and Wittgenstein: Emotion, Expression and Art (Northwestern University Press; to appear in Russian translation with Academic Studies Press); co-author of In Defense of Intuitions: A New Rationalist Manifesto (Palgrave Macmillan); co-editor of Der aufrechte Gang im windschiefen Kapitalismus: Modelle kritischen Denkens (Springer Verlag); editor and translator of Theodor W. Adorno, Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords (Columbia University Press) and Selected Early Poems of Lev Loseff (Spuytenduyvil Press); and author of over twenty-five articles and book chapters. He is currently co-authoring the book Adorno: A Critical Life and co-editing the Oxford Handbook to Adorno. He has a secondary appointment in Duke's Philosophy department.

Office Location: Department of Germanic Languag, Box 90256, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3089
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Office Hours:
Mondays, 11:45 - 12:45, and by appointment.
Please email to make appointment.

D.Phil., Yale University, 2001
MA, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
PhD, Yale University, 2001
MA, Stanford University, 1986
BA, Dartmouth College, 1983

Critical Theory
Philosophy and Literature
German Idealism

Teaching (Fall 2023):
  • GERMAN 89S.02, First-year seminar (top) Synopsis
    Perkins 060, MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
  • GERMAN 570.01, Frankfurt school Synopsis
    Allen 103, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  • Pickford, HW. "Adorno and the categories of resistance." Constellations WILEY, (January, 2023) [doi]
  • Pickford, H. "Life, Logic, Style: On Late Wittgenstein." Wittgenstein and Literary Studies. Cambridge University Press, 2023. 168-193. [doi]  [abs]
  • Pickford, HW. ""Teaching of Life": Tolstoy's moral-philosophical aesthetics." The Palgrave Handbook of Russian Thought.  2021. 597-619. [doi]  [abs]
  • Pickford, HW. "Recognizing "the party of humankind": K├Ąte Hamburger on Mitleid." Mln 136.3 (April, 2021): 660-672. [doi]
  • Pickford, HW. "Knock Knock." Krisis 41.2 (January, 2021): 106-108. [doi]

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