Henry Pickford

Henry Pickford

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information
Department of Germanic Languag, Box 90256, Durham, NC 27708
PO Box 90256, 116K Old Chem, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-3089


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.

Education & Training

  • D.Phil., Yale University 2001

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

Chapman, Andrew, Addison Ellis, Robert Hanna, Tyler Hildebrand, and Henry W. Pickford. 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 and translated by Henry Pickford, n.d.

Pickford, Henry, Rüdiger Dannemann, and Hans-Ernst Schiller, eds. Der aufrechte Gang im windschiefen Kapitalismus : Modelle kritischen Denkens, n.d.

Pickford, Henry W. “Tolstoy's Selfie.” Novel. Duke University Press, May 2017. https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-3854431. Full Text

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

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

Pickford, Henry. “Thinking with Kleist:Michael Kohlhaasand Moral Luck.” The German Quarterly 86, no. 4 (October 2013): 381–403. https://doi.org/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 17, no. 2–3 (August 2012): 419–39. https://doi.org/10.1080/13264826.2012.735636. Full Text

Pickford, Henry. “The Last Soviet Photographer.” Raritan 31, no. 3 (2012).

Pickford, Henry W. “Conflict and Commemoration: Two Berlin Memorials.” Modernism/Modernity 12, no. 1 (2005): 133–73. https://doi.org/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 10, no. 2 (1997): 247–70. https://doi.org/10.1353/yale.1997.0026. Full Text

Pickford, Henry. “Heimrad Backer's "System nachschrift" and the philosophy of quotation.” Modern Austrian Literature 41, no. 4 (n.d.).

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

Pickford, Henry. “Intuition as a Capacity for a Priori Knowledge.” Philosophical Investigations 13 (n.d.).