We’re Americans, which means we are eminently practical. Indeed America’s only indigenous philosophical school is pragmatism. This non-system system asks only one question, whether dealing with issues of ethics, epistemology, even metaphysics- does it work? Trouble is, of course, that pragmatism cannot create a telos, an end or goal, and so cannot answer its most needful question- works for what? Like every other under-the-sun worldview this one cracks up against the waves of its own imminence. It cannot get beyond itself, and so it too is vanity.

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