This is an interesting interview with the contemporary philosopher Jacob Needleman about the real meaning of philosophy and its relation to spirituality. Here’s an extract:

MISHLOVE: One has the sense — and I imagine you feel this quite acutely yourself — that contemporary philosophy, academic philosophy, has deviated a great deal from the path that was set down by the ancient philosophers such as Socrates.

NEEDLEMAN: The whole culture has deviated from that. We’ve all deviated from that. The whole modern culture tempts us and draws us into just one part of ourselves, and Socrates and Plato after him taught that only the completely integrated being is a true human being. So yes, academic philosophy has deviated from that. But almost all of our lives, we no longer have that in our hands.

Read it all right here.