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Jacob Needleman

Rediscovering the American Soul

About Jacob Needleman

Jacob Needleman is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and the author of more than a dozen books. In The American Soul, he examines the values and beliefs that have shaped our nation. The Heart of Philosophy explores the human search for meaning, and in Money and the Meaning of Life, he combines myth, psychology, and poetry to explain the impact of money on human nature. His recent book, Two Dreams of America, considers whether the American dream is a vision or an illusion. He serves as a consultant in the fields of psychology, education, medical ethics, philanthropy, and business and was a featured contributor to Bill Moyers’ PBS series A World of Ideas.

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