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Jacob Needleman

Professor of Philosophy
San Francisco State University

by Jacob Needleman:

Money and the Meaning of Life

Time and the Soul

The Tao Te Ching ( translation by Gia-Fu Feng, English introduction by Jacob Needleman )

on his bookshelf:

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltazar Gracian

RealTime Program:

"Money and the Meaning of Life"

Jacob Needleman is a philosopher who counsels high-achieving people about that most earthly of worries - money. His influential book, Money and the Meaning of Life ( Currency/Doubleday, 1991 ), captured the wisdom of his 30 years of teaching at San Francisco State University. Because of his insights on money and meaning, Needleman has become a popular consultant to business and philanthropic organizations; he also appeared as a memorable subject in the Bill Moyers PBS series, "A World of Ideas." His most recent book, Time and Soul, was published by Doubleday in January 1998.

"I've never seen a business problem that was truly about technology or marketing or manufacturing. It always comes down to people problems. If you're not attending to the people in the company, you may still get lucky and be successful. But you probably won't be able to maintain that success."

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