Hickok’s Rational Psychology (1849) — Laurens Hickok was a Union College professor, and college vice president. His philosophy, a blending of Christian thought with contemporary trends in German philosophy, was very influential on Ludlow’s outlook. One writer noted that Hickok “attempts to reconcile an original interpretation of post-Kantian idealism with orthodox theology” which is much the mission of this chapter of Ludlow’s. Much as Ludlow complains here, the New Englander and Yale review of 1849 dismissed Rational Psychology with complaints about its dense language:
This is a ponderous octavo, with one very obvious excellence which we hold to be essential in works on metaphysics, and that is, it is printed in a large open type… We fear that if for no other reason than the strange and uncouth language in which this work is written, it will be thoroughly read by but few. We believe also that the manner in which the discussion is conducted, will make it neither interesting nor intelligible to any except those who are adepts in German metaphysics.