Published Works

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Overcoming America / America Overcoming Reinventing Culture and Being at Home in the World in the Age of Pandemic, Revised Edition (Lexington Books, 2021). Purchase on the Rowman & Littlefield website with discount code LEX30AUTH21.

Two Americas: Liberal Education and the Crisis of Democracy (Process Century Press, 2018). Cite

Educating for an Ecological Civilization, Co-Edited with Marcus Peter Ford (Process Century Press, 2018).

Overcoming America / America Overcoming: Can We Survive Modernity? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). 

Old Hopes for a New Place: The Legacy of Arend D. Lubbers, ed. (Michigan State University Press, 2006).

Living Philosophy: Remaining Awake and Moving Toward Maturity in Complicated Times (Paragon House, 2002).

Wandering: Brush and Pen in Philosophical Reflection, with Peimin Ni(published simultaneously in China and the U.S. by Dong Fang (Shanghai) and Art Media Resources (Chicago), 2002).

In Japanese, The Vision of William James (Nippon Kyobun-Sha Co. Limited, 1999).

Abiding: Landscape of the Soul, with photographer, David Lubbers (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1998).      

In Chinese, Rediscovering the West (Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 1998).

The Vision of William James (Element Books/Penguin, 1996). 

Rediscovering the West:  An Inquiry into Nothingness and Relatedness (SUNY Press, 1994).

Claiming a Liberal Education: Resources for Realizing the College Experience (Ginn Press, 1990).

Leaving and Returning:  On America’s Contribution to a World Ethic (Bucknell University Press, 1989). 

Living Beyond Crisis:  Essays on Discovery and Being in the World, ed. (New York: Pilgrim Press, 1980).

Selected Essays:                

“Glimmers: The Call of a New Way” in the China Media Research journal (Vol. 17, No. 3), July 2021. Find it here.

“Toward a Postliberal Liberalism: James Luther Adams and the Need for a Theory of Relational Meaning,” in American Journal of Theology & Philosophy (Vol. 17, No. 1), January 1996.

“A Zen Presence In America: Dialogue as Religious Practice,” in Donald W. Mitchell, ed., Masao Abe: Zen Life in Dialogue (NY: Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc., 1998).

“Cultivating Mutual Growth: A Socratic Approach for the Post-9/11 World,” in SDX and Harvard-Yenching Series (Beijing: JPC Press, 2003).

“The Vocation of Dialogue,” in Unity and Diversity in Religion and Culture (St. Petersburg, Russia: Russian Institute for Cultural Research, UNESCO, 2006).

“Dialogue as Hope and Vocation,” in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Vol. LXXXIX, no. 1-2, Spring-Summer 2006).

“A Humanities Response to Managerialism: Diversity, Democracy, and Liberal Education in the Shade,” in International Journal of the Humanities (Vol. 5, 2007).

“Masao Abe and the Dialogue Breakthrough,” in Buddhist-Christian Studies, Vol. 28, 2008.

“Rediscovering Liberal Education in China: On the Benefits of Dialogue and Inquiry,” in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal (vol. 96, no. 2,, Summer 2013).

“The Adulthood We Need: Education and Developmental Challenge in the U.S. and China,” in Judy Whipps, ed., Reflect, Connect, Engage: Liberal Education at GVSU (Acton, MA: Xanedu Press, 2013).       

“Liberal Education as Adulthood: A View from U.S.- China Dialogue.” in Philosophical Analysis (《哲学分析》) (vol. 23, no. 1, 2014).  In English, Journal of General Education, vol. 64, no. 1, 2015.

“Standing Up to Managerialism,” in Liberal Education, vol. 100, no. 3, Summer 2014.

“Toward a Relational World from a Western Perspective,” in China Media Research, vol. 11, no. 2, April 2015.

“Ethics, Transformation, and Practice: A Perspective on Liberal Education in the Global Age.” In Teaching Ethics, Vol. 15, No. 1, Spring 2015.

“Pragmatism, Possibility, and Human Development,” in Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, vol. 23.2, December 2015.

“Liberal Education: Cornerstone of Democracy,” in American Journal of Economics and Sociology, May 2017.

“Liberal Education as Vital Interdependence,” in Social Justice, Inner Work & Contemplative Practice (Special Issue of Center for Contemplative Mind in Society), July 2017.

“Answering the Summons: Contemporary Prospects for Global Dialogue,” in Peter Burdon, Ed., The Earth Charter and Global Ethics: Challenges for the 21st Century (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elger Publishing, October 2019).

“Liberating Education: Learning to Live the Paradox of Universality and Particularity,” completed essay, publication under discussion.

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