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Michigan State University
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    Rawls and Habermas: Reason, Pluralism, and the Claims of Political Philosophy.Todd Hedrick - 2010 - Stanford University Press.
    A critical evaluation of Rawlsian and Habermasian paradigms of political philosophy that offers an interpretation and defense of Habermas's theory of law and ...
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  2. Reification in and Through Law: Elements of a Theory in Marx, Lukács, and Honneth.Todd Hedrick - 2014 - European Journal of Political Theory 13 (2):178-198.
    This paper proposes reformulating the theory and critique of reification around the democracy-undermining consequences of reification in law. In contradistinction to Axel Honneth’s attempts to revive reification as an orienting concept for critical theory using moral and psychological categories, I reconstruct the elements of a theory of legal reification from Marx’s and Lukács’ writings, both of whom suggest the formality of modern legal systems tends to render legally mediated social relations in an ossified, nature-like manner, although I argue that neither (...)
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  3. Race, Difference, and Anthropology in Kant's Cosmopolitanism.Todd Hedrick - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2):pp. 245-268.
    This paper explores the connections between Kant’s theory of hierarchical racial difference, on the one hand, and his cosmopolitanism and conceptions of moral and political progress, on the other. I argue that Kant’s racial biology plays an essential role in maintaining national-cultural differences, which he views as essential for the establishment of the cosmopolitan union. Unfortunately, not only are these views racist, they also complicate Kant’s ability to consistently think through the prospect of the human species’ moral progress. Thus, while (...)
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    Should We Believe in Progress? [REVIEW]Todd Hedrick - 2016 - Radical Philosophy Review 19 (3):737-741.
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    Fear of Nature, Fear of Self, Fear of Society: Psychic Defense Mechanisms in Adorno's Theory of Culture and Experience.Todd Hedrick - 2022 - European Journal of Philosophy 30 (1):227-244.
    European Journal of Philosophy, Volume 30, Issue 1, Page 227-244, March 2022.
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    Book Review: The Habermas-Rawls Debate, by James Gordon Finlayson. [REVIEW]Todd Hedrick - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (6):835-839.
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    Re‐Presenting the Good Society by Maeve Cooke.Todd Hedrick - 2009 - European Journal of Philosophy 17 (3):451-454.
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    Constitutionalization and Democratization: Habermas on Postnational Governance.Todd Hedrick - 2007 - Social Theory and Practice 33 (3):387-410.
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    Reconciliation and Reification: Freedom's Semblance and Actuality From Hegel to Contemporary Critical Theory.Todd Hedrick - 2018 - Oxford University Press.
    The critical theory tradition has, since its inception, sought to distinguish its perspective on society from more purely descriptive or normative approaches by maintaining that persons have a deep-seated interest in the free development of their personality—an interest that can only be realized in and through the rational organization of society, but which is systematically stymied by existing society. Yet it has struggled to specify this emancipatory interest in a way that avoids being either excessively utopian or overly accommodating to (...)
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    Coping with Constitutional Indeterminacy: John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas.Todd Hedrick - 2010 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (2):183-208.
    In this article, I argue that political philosophers like Rawls and Habermas that characterize their methods as non-metaphysical or postmetaphysical depend on constitutions in order to provide a positive and public reference point for democratic participants. Michelman shows how this dependency is problematic, by contending that disagreement about the meaning of constitutional rights and the indeterminacy of their application undermines the rationality of consensus. I argue that his concerns raise serious problems for Rawls’ theory. Habermas, on the other hand, has (...)
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    Ego Autonomy, Reconciliation, and the Duality of Instinctual Nature in Adorno and Marcuse.Todd Hedrick - 2016 - Constellations 23 (2):180-191.
    This paper explores issues that arise between Adorno and Marcuse over the potentials and implications of Freudian theory. These concern whether it is possible to expound a non-repressive relationship between what Freud calls the life and death drives, on the one hand, and the ego, on the other, that does not collapse into abstract utopianism or clear heteronomy. After detailing the theory of instincts and ego formation that early critical theory draws from Freud, I argue that neither Adorno nor Marcuse (...)
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    Democratic Constitutionalism as Mediation: The Decline and Recovery of an Idea in Critical Social Theory.Todd Hedrick - 2012 - Constellations 19 (3):382-400.
    This paper has several aims. Its main interpretive task is to argue that the democratic aspirations of contemporary critical theory are informed and haunted by an essentially Hegelian conception of constitutional order that I describe in part 1, according to which the modern state represents an institutional structure that integrates society through rational activity by mediating between the different interests of various social strata, connecting them in a common enterprise—haunted, because this Hegelian vision of making individuals free and “at home” (...)
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    Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Idea of World Citizenship.Todd Hedrick - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (3):623-627.
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    Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory by Eric Lee Goodfield.Todd Hedrick - 2016 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (2):343-344.
    Canonical, system-building philosophers often have a characteristic “way of looking at things,” that is, a specific method for doing philosophy that they apply to a wide array of topics, and which they view as rooted in some basic propositions about, for example, rationality, human nature, or the nature of reality. This is part of what makes them compelling. For contemporary interpreters, however, it raises questions about how much these foundational claims need to impact our ability to understand or learn from (...)
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    Book Notes. [REVIEW]Bradford R. Cokelet, Yusuf Has, Todd P. Hedrick, Sean McKeever & David A. Williams - 2004 - Ethics 115 (1):187-191.
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    John Rawls and the History of Political Thought: The Rousseauvian and Hegelian Heritage of Justice as Fairness.Todd Hedrick - 2015 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23 (2):296-301.
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    Reifying and Reconciling Class Conflict: From Hegel’s Estates Through Habermas’ Interchange Roles.Todd Hedrick - 2013 - European Journal of Social Theory 16 (4):511-529.
    This article examines the role of class divisions in critical social theory through Habermas’ theory of law and democracy. It begins with Hegel’s view that social freedom involves reconciliation with the modern division of labor, which in turn requires membership in ‘estates’, and his thoughts on their role in the state. While subsequent Left Hegelian thinkers reject these institutions as authoritarian, the melancholic tenor of much Frankfurt School social theory stems partly from their view that class divisions are not only (...)
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