Stephen C. Rowe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University. He is the author of Leaving and Returning: On America's Contribution to a World Ethic; and editor of Living Beyond Crisis: Essays on Discovery and Being in the World; and Claiming a Liberal Education.
"This is a truly distinguished book on an extremely significant topic: the value axis of Western and, especially American culture. There are countless books dealing with a critique of Western culture in the light of spiritual ideas, but very few things in the Zen perspective with such sophistication and acuteness while remaining faithful to the West. " — Jacob Needleman
"This book is a remarkable achievement in the ongoing East-West encounter. Rowe forcefully and carefully pursues both Eastern and Western traditions, critical of each yet constructive in relation to both. In dialogue with the East, Rowe grapples with Zen and the Kyoto School, and I acknowledge his approach to be proper. On the Western Side, he emphasizes practice in relation to Western experience. He demonstrates how encounter with the East provides the ground upon which reclaiming Western integrity becomes possible. Reappropriation of Western tradition requires integration of Eastern insight. " — Masao Abe