Dr. Richard Tarnas in a suit and tie.


Dr. Richard Tarnas is a cultural historian, author, and professor of philosophy and psychology. He teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He also teaches archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.

A graduate of Harvard University and Saybrook Institute, he lived and worked for ten years at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, studying with Joseph Campbell, Huston Smith, Gregory Bateson, and Stanislav Grof, and serving as director of programs and education. He is the author of ‘The Passion of the Western Mind’, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern that became both a best seller and a required text in many universities. His most recent book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, was published by Viking Press in 2006.

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