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Meeting of East and West

4.47 of 5 stars 4.47  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paperback, 531 pages
Published June 28th 1979 by Ox Bow Press (first published June 1979)
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Mark Underwood
Dec 10, 2014 Mark Underwood rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This book, which I read in college in an earlier edition, was one of the most influential I read at the time. I was committed to trying (and ultimately failing) to build an interdisciplinary graduate program -- for myself -- and this book demonstrated that such endeavors are both worthwhile and possible.

Should be required reading for every ethnocentric, culturally nearsighted, poorly traveled monolingual American -- among which I was forced to count myself at the time that I read it.
Jonathan Malone
If it were not a dated book (1946) I would easily give it four stars. Northrop gives and excellent analysis of the philosophical foundations of various would cultures. His view of the "East" is dated but still holds merit. It is clear that Northrop writes out of the 1940s and 1950s - his proposal for a synthesis of cultures includes a change in religion/theology via the arts. The idea that we can find a way to bring together different cultures is dated and hopefully abandoned. His view of the ar ...more
Jim
One of the most interesting books I've ever read. Written in 1947, it was decades ahead of its time. An influence on Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance). Recommended for any lover of wisdom.
John Hodge
This is a brilliant and insightful inquiry into the differences between Eastern and Western cultures and shows how each could be enriched by the other.
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