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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Research Fellow 2008–present

Jason Howard


Dr. Howard's research interests include 19th century German philosophy, existentialism/phenomenology, philosophy of emotion, moral psychology, Continental ethics, and philosophy for children. He has published articles on Kant, Hegel, and moral psychology, and is the editor of Analytic Teaching.

Recent Publications Related to Research

  • “Political Identity and the Dynamics of Accountability in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right: The Solidarity of Trust in the Modern State,” in Identity and Difference: Studies in Hegel’s Logic, Philosophy of Spirit, and Politics, ed., Philip Grier (New York: SUNY Press, 2007): 233-252.
  • “Kant and Moral Imputation: Conscience and the Riddle of the Given,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 4 (2004): 609-627.

Speaking Topics

Re-thinking the Moral Conscience
This presentation explores different ‘traditional’ interpretations of the moral conscience and argues for the need to re-assess our current views on conscience. With a new view of conscience in place, it becomes easier to understand our current malaise of responsibility and how it can be remedied.

The Moral Emotions: Shame and Guilt
This presentation discusses recent research on the moral emotions, both in psychology and philosophy, and uses this research to explore the central role of shame and guilt in organizing human identity.