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Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Dedicated to shaping the leadership necessary for profound, progressive transformation of social institutions and individual consciousness.

CIIS’ Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness department is dedicated to reimagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community.

The heart of CIIS’ Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness department is the focus on knowledge that is transformative—of ourselves, others, and our civilization. Our programs attract intellectually engaged individuals who are to varying degrees dismayed by what they see happening in modern societies and who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world.

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What is Philosophy and Consciousness Studies?

At CIIS, exploring philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness does not focus solely on thought, but incorporates our imaginations, hearts, bodies, and community. Our department cultivates an inquiry into our entire way of life including deep psyche, deep cosmos, and the universe. 

Both our Ph.D. and M.A. programs are inspired by three fundamental goals:

To open our consciousness, through learning and imagination, to those creative and evolutionary energies suffusing the earth, the universe, and the deep psyche and to participate fully in the regeneration of human communities and their enveloping life systems.

To analyze the current devastation of planetary life and to strive to liberate ourselves and our communities from the underlying causes of alienation, consumerism, androcentrism, racism, and unsustainable modes of life.

To draw from the deep wells of philosophical and religious wisdom to bring forth a profound vision of a vibrant planetary era.

Our Programs

Our M.A. and Ph.D. have been designed to help shape the intellectual, moral, and spiritual leadership necessary for meeting historic global challenges.

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    The M.A.

    M.A. in Philosophy and Religion - A transdisciplinary program preparing students to think critically and constructively about global concerns, with an option to focus on Integral Ecology.

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    The Ph.D.

    Ph.D. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness - A research doctorate designed to prepare candidates to take leadership roles in addressing key philosophical issues of our time.

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