Money And Spirit with Jacob Needleman, Ph.D.

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"Money has become for our generation what sex was for the earlier generations," says philosopher Jacob Needleman, "a force that is at the back of almost everything people do, but which we're not yet able to face without hypocrisy." In this refreshingly candid and insightful interview, Needleman discusses the meaning of money and its place in the spiritual life, and how we can all learn from our own attitudes toward it. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Jacob Needleman, Ph.D. is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and former director of the Center of the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also served as a research associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to look at money from the perspective of the great teachings
  • What makes people reticent to talk about their own money
  • Why is desire related to money
  • How money can be an addictive substance
  • What is the difference between paper money and real gold
Host: Michael Toms                      Interview Date: 3/7/1991              Program Number: 2241