Pragmatism is deeply ingrained in every aspect of life in the United States. John Dewey (1859-1952) is its most representative figure in the fields of philosophy, education and political theory.
George Novack offers a Marxist critique of pragmatism as developed and popularise by Dewey. These two ways of looking at the world are contrasted point by point on questions of scientific method, logic, the nature of experience, the criteria of truth, the anatomy of society.
Novack assesses not only Dewey's theories but his attempts to reorientate the educational and political institutions of the United States according to the values and methods of pragmatic liberalism. He concludes the new path philosophy will have to pursue in order to link itself with a successful struggle to reconstruct society.