Helmut Wautischer is Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at Sonoma State University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Graz, Austria (1989). Originally trained in epistemology and analytic philosophy, he expanded his interests to conduct research in comparative philosophy, including philosophical anthropology, with a strong emphasis on consciousness studies. His publications include Tribal Epistemologies: Essays in the Philosophy of Anthropology (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 1998), Ontology of Consciousness: Percipient Action (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2008), and Philosophical Faith and the Future of Humanity (Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer Verlag, 2012). He is co-editor of Existenz: An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts, and is Webmaster for the Paideia Project at Boston University. Here at SSU, he was an elected member to the Academic Senate (2001-2003 and 2010-2013) and also served at the Faculty Standards and Affairs committee, and the Academic Freedom Subcommittee.