How can I know something? How can I convince someone of the rightness of my position? How does reality function? What is artistic creativity? What is moral? What is the role of the state? After. three decades in the cross-cultural study of ideas and values, Thomas Kasulis has found that culture influences not only the answers to such questions but how we arrive at the answers. In this path-breaking exercise in comparative philosophy, Kasulis looks at cultural difference by identifying two kinds of orientation — intimacy and integrity — that determine how we think about relations among people and among things.