Academic journal article German Quarterly

From the Editor

Academic journal article German Quarterly

From the Editor

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We are pleased with this issue to announce the results of the annual Max Kade Award for the Best Article published in The German Quarterly within the calendar year. The winner for 2013 is Henry Pickford, who published "Thinking with Yleist.Michael Kohlhaas'mA Moral Luck" in the Fall issue (86.4). Focusing on Kleist's famous novella, Pickford proposes a new reading of Kleist's famous "Kant crisis" by arguing that, in addition to the more familiar epistemological and metaphysical aspects of this encounter, there was also an ethical component. Making reference to the concept of "moral luck" as coined by Thomas Nagel, and modifying it with ideas from Max Weber, Pickford offers a subtle and more comprehensive reading of one of the most fateful intersections of literature and philosophy in the German tradition.

Dr. Pickford earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale, and a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a residential research fellow at the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. He is the author and editor of several books on aesthetics and literature, with special emphasis on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Theodor W. Adorno. The AATG and the Editorial Board join in congratulating Henry Pickford on this fine achievement.

It is with great pleasure that we also announce that the winner of this year's AATG -The German Quarterly Graduate Student Essay Contest is Sandra Niethardt, who submitted "Offene Welt-Beschränktes Glück: Jean Pauls das 'Leben des vergnügten Schulmeisterlein Wutz' als literarisches Zeugnis einer Übergangsepoche. …

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