Jacob Needleman

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Jacob Needleman
A photo of Jacob Needleman in 2014
Needleman in 2014
Born (1934-10-06) October 6, 1934 (age 85)
Alma materHarvard University
Yale University
University of Freiburg, Germany
OccupationProfessor of Philosophy

Jacob Needleman (born October 6, 1934) is an American philosopher, author, and religious scholar.

Born into a Jewish family,[1] Needleman was educated at Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Freiburg, Germany.[2] He is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University[3][4] and is said to have "popularized the term 'new religious movements'."[5] Needleman was honored by the New York Open Center in New York City in 2006.[6][7] Needleman also narrates classical religious texts in audiobook format, including the Taoist Tao Te Ching and the Hindu Bhagavad Gita.


  • The New Religions (1970)
  • A Sense of the Cosmos: The Encounter of Modern Science and Ancient Truth (1975)
  • Sacred Tradition & Present Need (edited by Jacob Needleman and Dennis Lewis) (1975)
  • On the Way to Self Knowledge (edited by Jacob Needleman and Dennis Lewis) (1976)
  • Speaking of My Life: The Art of Living in the Cultural Revolution (1979)
  • Lost Christianity: A Journey of Rediscovery to the Centre of Christian Experience (1980)
  • The Heart of Philosophy (1982)
  • The Way of the Physician (1985)
  • Sorcerers: A Novel (1988)
  • Real Philosophy: An Anthology of the Universal Search for Meaning (introduction and commentary by Jacob Needleman and David Appelbaum) (1990)
  • Money and the Meaning of Life (1991)[8]
  • Modern Esoteric Spirituality (edited by Jacob Needleman and Antoine Faivre) (1992)
  • Eros (1995)
  • A Little Book On Love (1996)
  • Time and the Soul: Where has all the Meaningful Time Gone - And Can We Get it Back? (1998)
  • The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders (2003)
  • The Wisdom of Love: Toward a Shared Inner Search (previously published as A Little Book on Love) (2005)[9]
  • Why Can't We Be Good? (2008)
  • What is God? (2009)
  • An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth (2012)
  • Necessary Wisdom: Jacob Needleman talks about God, time, money, love, and the need for philosophy, in conversations with D. Patrick Miller. (2013)[10]
  • I am Not I (2016)


  1. ^ D. Patrick Miller, Beyond Belief: Jacob Needleman On God Without Religion, The Sun, December 2011
  2. ^ "Bio: Jacob Needleman", website
  3. ^ Department of Philosophy - Jacob Needleman
  4. ^ The Essential Marcus Aurelius Jacob Needleman, John P. Piazza - 2008 - Page 111
  5. ^ Horowitz, Mitch (February 25, 2011). "When Does A Religion Become A Cult?". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  6. ^ "Gala Honorees" Archived November 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, New York Open Center, website
  7. ^ Time and the Soul: Where Has All the Meaningful Time Gone By John Cleese, Jacob Needleman, via GGbooks
  8. ^ Gurdjieff.org
  9. ^ Bodhi Tree
  10. ^ Fearless Books

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