Dr. Bruteau was a pioneer in the integrated study of science, mathematics, philosophy and religion. With a background in Vedanta and Catholic Christianity, as well as the natural sciences, she developed a broad, inclusive vision of human reality in its cosmic and social contexts. Analyzing the systemic and metaphysical roots of our social inequities, she offered an alternative worldview, featuring the incomparable value of each person and the community dynamics of mutual respect and care that follow from that view. This theme was developed as global spirituality, not limited to any particular religious tradition but accessible in direct human terms common to all.
Dr. Bruteau published twelve books and more than one hundred articles. Her essays appeared in journals such as International Philosophical Quarterly, Cross Currents, and Cistercian Studies. She died in 2014, at the age of 84.