There is certainly a long history of anti-intellectualism in the US. And I am not suggesting for a moment that any of these anti-intellectuals have, say, read Plato, or any other major normative Western philosopher. I just think that the ideas of normative philosophy have percolated down over the years to the point where many (if not most) of us do actually believe that the “ought” is more important than the “is,” all other thing being equal.
I’ve never read Pierce but he sounds interesting. Thanks.