Graduate Program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness


PCC Faculty and Students on their annual retreat at Esalen in Big Sur, CA

Richard Tarnas is the founding director of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA, offering both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. His fellow faculty in the PCC program include Brian Swimme, Stanislav Grof, Joanna Macy, Robert McDermott, Sean Kelly, Elizabeth Allison, and Jacob Sherman.

A growing consensus of scientists, scholars, and visionaries now recognizes that the Earth Community is facing an unprecedented evolutionary challenge. The ecological, political, and spiritual crisis of late modernity calls for a fundamental reorientation of our civilization, including a transformation of our institutions and of our own consciousness. PCC attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are in varying degrees dismayed by what they see happening in industrial societies and who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world.

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The Passion of the Western Mind


“The most lucid and concise presentation I have read, of the grand lines of what every student should know about the history of Western thought. The writing is elegant and carries the reader with the momentum of a novel… It is really a noble performance.”
—Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces

“The best intellectual history of the West in one volume I have ever seen.”
—Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions

“It is a superb, enthralling book—a masterpiece: as gripping as a detective story; as moving as a poem. Tarnas writes lucidly, brilliantly, passionately, unfolding the great drama of the evolution of the Western mind act by act, scene by scene in precise and scholarly detail.”
—Anne Baring, Resurgence

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Cosmos and Psyche

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“It is hard to think of many books written in the past century that will still be read two hundred years from now. Cosmos and Psyche will top that short list. It is majestic, sweeping, and profound. This will be a book for the ages. It will stand over time with the seminal expressions of the human spirit.”
—William Van Dusen Wishard, author of Between Two Ages: The 21st Century and The Crisis of Meaning

“Cosmos and Psyche is an epoch-making work. It combines impeccably meticulous scholarship and extraordinary clarity of thinking and writing with deep creative vision. The evidence contained here represents the most significant challenge I have seen to the materialistic paradigm of modern science.”
—Stanislav Grof, author of Psychology of the Future

“This is the closest my head has been to exploding while reading a book.”
—Mary Hynes, CBC Tapestry

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