The article reveals the position of the prominent American sociologist in matters of knowledge sociology. It gives the description C. W. Mills’s views on the origin of the pragmatism theory popular in the United States. The article highlights C. W. Mills’s original position in the matter of the attitude to the concepts of structural functionalism and empiricism, which were popular in his lifetime. The work reveals C. W. Mills’s views on the place and role of sociology in the United States, as well as on the social scientists’ role as intellectual craftsmen. C. W. Mills believes that sociology must proceed from the problems formulation in the valuation context of the whole mankind, so a social scientist cannot write only for intellectuals.
C. W. Mills, reflexive sociology, knowledge sociology, pragmatism, l truth, pathologism, sociological imagination, intellectual craftsmen