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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Howard Pickett

Assistant Professor and Director of the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability

301 Mattingly House
(540) 458-4592

Professor Pickett's research focuses on three main issues in moral and political philosophy: our collective and individual responsibilities to the disadvantaged; modern individualism; and the role of religious commitments in the public sphere, especially in anti-poverty efforts.


Ph.D. in Religious Studies, University of Virginia
M.A. in Religious Studies, University of Virginia
B.A. in Religious Studies and Classics, Millsaps College, summa cum laude


Moral & Political Philosophy
Religious Ethics
Modern Religious Thought


Pov 101: Poverty Introduction
Pov 102: Poverty Fieldwork
Pov 423: Poverty Research Seminar

Selected Publications

• "Beyond the Mask: Kierkegaard's Postscript as Anti-theatrical Drama," Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts, ed. Eric Ziolkowski (Northwestern Press, advance contract)

• "Theatrical Samaritans: Performing Others in Luke 10:25-37," The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning 11.1 (August 2012)

• "The One-Sided Contract: Welfare, Work Requirements, and the Ethics of Reciprocity" (under review at The Journal of Applied Ethics)

• "The Ethics of Theatricality: Kant, Kierkegaard, and Levinas on the Limits of Sincerity and Authenticity" (manuscript in progress)

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