Todd Hedrick

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Todd Hedrick
Education Northwestern University (PhD), Swarthmore College (BA)
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Hegelian philosophy
Institutions Michigan State University
Thesis Reconstituting political philosophy: Rawls and Habermas in dialogue (2006)
Doctoral advisor Thomas A. McCarthy

Todd Hedrick (born 1978) is an American philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. He is known for his works on Hegel's philosophy and critical theory. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]



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