Henry Pickford

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Henry Pickford

Associate Professor in German Studies

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German Studies Department, Box 90256, Durham, NC 27708
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PO Box 90256, 116K Old Chem, Durham, NC 27708
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Henry Pickford works in philosophy and literature, primarily within the German tradition. Areas of interest include German Idealism, Marx, Wittgenstein, and Frankfurt School Critical Theory. He has authored or co-authored books on philosophical intuitions, Holocaust art, and emotion and expression in aesthetics. He has edited and translated collections of essays by the German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno and poetry by the contemporary émigré poet Lev Loseff.


  • D.Phil., Yale University 2001

Pickford, Henry W. Thinking with Tolstoy and Wittgenstein Expression, Emotion, and Art. Northwestern University Press, 2015.

Chapman, Andrew, et al. In Defense of Intuitions A New Rationalist Manifesto. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Pickford, H. W. The Sense of Semblance:Philosophical Analyses of Holocaust Art. Fordham Univ Press, 2013.

Loseff, Lev. Selected Early Poems of Lev Loseff. Edited by Henry Pickford, Translated by Henry Pickford.

Pickford, Henry W. “Tolstoy's Selfie.” Novel, vol. 50, no. 1, Duke University Press, May 2017, pp. 128–32. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00295132-3854431. Full Text

Pickford, Henry. “Under the Sign of Adorno.” Mln, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Pickford, H. W. “Intertextuality as critique in khlebnikov: Towards a reading of “serpent train”.” A Convenient Territory: Russian Literature at the Edge of Modernity: Essays in Honor of Barry Scherr, 2015, pp. 139–59.

Pickford, Henry. “Thinking with Kleist:Michael Kohlhaasand Moral Luck.” The German Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 4, Wiley, Oct. 2013, pp. 381–403. Crossref, doi:10.1111/gequ.10188. Full Text

Pickford, Henry W. “Dialectical Reflections on Peter Eisenman's Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe.” Architectural Theory Review, vol. 17, no. 2–3, Informa UK Limited, Aug. 2012, pp. 419–39. Crossref, doi:10.1080/13264826.2012.735636. Full Text

Pickford, Henry. “The Last Soviet Photographer.” Raritan, vol. 31, no. 3, Rutgers University, 2012.

Pickford, Henry W. “Conflict and Commemoration: Two Berlin Memorials.” Modernism/Modernity, vol. 12, no. 1, Project Muse, 2005, pp. 133–73. Crossref, doi:10.1353/mod.2005.0048. Full Text

Pickford, Henry W. “Critical Models: Adorno's Theory and Practice of Cultural Criticism.” The Yale Journal of Criticism, vol. 10, no. 2, Project Muse, 1997, pp. 247–70. Crossref, doi:10.1353/yale.1997.0026. Full Text

Pickford, Henry. “Heimrad Backer's "System nachschrift" and the philosophy of quotation.” Modern Austrian Literature, vol. 41, no. 4, International Arthur Schnitzler Research.

Pickford, Henry. “Of rules and rails: on a motif in Tolstoy and Wittgenstein.” Tolstoy Studies Journal, vol. 22.

Pickford, Henry. “Intuition as a Capacity for a Priori Knowledge.” Philosophical Investigations, vol. 13.