Widely acclaimed for its originality and penetration, this award-winning study of American thought in the twentieth century examines the ways in which the spread of pragmatism and scientific naturalism affected developments in philosophy, social science, and law, and traces the effects of these developments on traditional assumptions of democratic theory.
"Fills a major gap for mature students of American thought and political theory." -- Choice
"Embodies the broad scope and balanced judgment to make it henceforth one of the standard historical syntheses of American ideas and to establish its author as a leading intellectual historian." -- Journal of Southern History
"Brilliant." -- Key Reporter
"Will greatly help social scientists to understand better the impact of scientific naturalism on the social sciences." -- Political Theory
"[L]ucid, informative, perceptive, and commendably fair-minded." -- Journal of American History
- Frederick Jackson Turner Award