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Henry Pickford

Professor of German Studies
German Studies
PO Box 90256, 116K Old Chem, Durham, NC 27708
Department of Germanic Languag, Box 90256, Durham, NC 27708


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 Hours

Mondays, 11:45 - 12:45, and by appointment.
Please email to make appointment.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of German Studies · 2021 - Present German Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Philosophy · 2021 - Present Philosophy, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Yale University · 2001 D.Phil.