Hickok, Laurens Perseus

Hickok, Laurens Perseus

(1799–1888) clergyman, philosopher; born in Bethel, Conn. Ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1823, he was a pastor in Connecticut for 13 years, taught theology at Western Reserve College (1836–44) and Auburn Theological Seminary (1844–52), and was associated with Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) as philosophy professor (1836–68) and president (1866–68). His works, including Rational Psychology (1849), defended Christian theology through a "constructive realism" influenced by Kant.
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