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) and Ontology of Consciousness: Percipient Action (Cambridge: The MIT Press, June 2008). 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 is an elected member to two sub-committees of the Academic Senate (FSAC: Faculty Standards and Affairs committee, and AFS: Academic Freedom Subcommittee).