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

Jacob Needleman
A photo of Jacob Needleman in 2014
Needleman in 2014
Born (1934-10-06) October 6, 1934 (age 84)
Alma materHarvard University
Yale University
University of Freiburg, Germany
OccupationProfessor of Philosophy

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]


  • 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]
  • The Universal Meaning of the Kabbalah: with Leo Schaya, Sophia Perennis, 2005[10]
  • 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)[11]
  • 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
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  9. ^ Bodhi Tree
  10. ^ Google books
  11. ^ Fearless Books

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