Obama’s “Philosophical” Pragmatism Exposed

by Stanley Kurtz

I’ve dug up a very helpful 2009 article by Peter Berkowitz that greatly helps to expose and clarify the deceptive nature of the claim that Obama is a “philosophical pragmatist.” Essentially, Jonah is right to point out that philosophical pragmatism very often functions as convenient disguise for doctrinaire leftism. By the same token, Paul Mirengoff is right to point out that doctrinaire leftism should not be compatible with a serious form of pragmatism. The truth is that contemporary “philosophical pragmatism” is not particularly serious philosophically, however clever its advocates may be. It is a form of political disguise well suited for running conservative critics around in circles. Berkowitz exposes the game.

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