At the beginning the author tries to specify the place to which Rorty belongs in the tradition of American pragmatism, where the towering figure was John Dewey. Then he goes on to present Rorty's main ideas about education in two contexts. He discusses Rorty's contribution to the debate on the condition of American schools and the philosophy of teaching that dominated in the US at the time, and here Rorty's response to criticisms made by E.D. Hirsch and A. Bloom are particularly important. Secondly, he tries to make clear what was the role of specific proposals that Rorty offered as part of the program based on neopragmatic principles.