to me to be its most able and consistent interpretation,
that of Professor John Dewey.
From the point of view of its basic assumptions, then,
I might have called the present volume 'The Philosophy
of Socialism"; from the point of view of its conclu-
sions it might be entitled "The Sociology of Socialism."
I conceive of all the intermediate subjects covered as
being related equally to these two poles of my problem.
But as many readers have not been in the habit of con-
sidering all these subjects in connection either with phil-
osophy or with sociology, either one of the above titles
or even a combination of the two would have appeared
to such readers as too narrow.
In view of the variety of the matters discussed, it is
scarcely necessary to call the reader's attention to the
fact that the work consists of Socialist criticismi and
not of my individual views. I have used every effort to
fi1(1 a pragmatic or Socialist writer at every point, and
offer my individual opinions only where such writers are
either lacking or do not exist to my knowledge. Such
instances are, however, relatively few, and I hope to
convince my readers that the general standpoint I have
presented is that of the philosophy of modern science and
of the Socialist movement.
Cedarhurst, Long Island, March 15, 1913.