Sean Avila Saiter


B.A., The Evergreen State College, 2002
M.A., The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2009
Ph.D. (candidate), The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2011


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Biographical Note

Sean M. Avila Saiter, MA, PhD(c.) is the Program Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty in the Integral Theory program at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Sean is currently completing a dissertation on Participatory Reality Construction in Higher Education Classrooms, a phenomenological study being conducted as part of earning his PhD at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. Sean’s research interests lie in the areas of phenomenology, social theory, second-person issues in research, intersubjectivity, philosophy of science, philosophy of social science, and participatory philosophy. He is Board Member-at-Large in the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Associate Organizer for the Integral Theory Conferences, Associate Managing Editor for International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, and serves as a peer-reviewer for Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife.

Publication Types

Non-Fiction, Scholastic

Latest Publication Title

"Universal Integralism: Ken Wilber's Integral Method in Context" in The Humanistic Psychologist, Volume 37, Issue 4, 2009

Additional Publications

"On Relevance, Typification, and Multiple Realities: Toward an Integral Social Theory," in True But Partial: Essential Critiques of Integral Theory, edited by Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, SUNY Press series in Integral Theory, 2012 (in preparation)
"Direct Intersubjective Perception in Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas: Overview and Implications for Psychology," Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 2011 (In preparation)
"Book Review: Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning,” Teachers College Record, 2011 (forthcoming)
Integral Theory in Action: Applied, Theoretical, and Constructive Perspectives on the AQAL Model, edited by Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, SUNY Press series in Integral Theory, 2010 (wrote index)
“Book Review: The Return of the Perennial Philosophy by John Holman.” The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Vol. 41, No. 1., 2009
“Conference Review: EUROTAS 2008.” AHP Perspective/ATP Newsletter, December 2008/January 2009 issue.
"A General Introduction to Integral Theory and Comprehensive Mapmaking," in The Journal of Conscious Evolution, 2005
"Transpersonal Therapy and the Role of the Healer," in LILA: Journal of Cosmic Play, 2003

Publication Excerpt

On "Universal Integralism: Ken Wilber's Integral Method in Context":

This article is an inquiry into Ken Wilber’s integral epistemology as applied to social systems, namely, through organizations and leadership. It explicates the constructionist component inherent in the universalist nature of AQAL theory (a framework covering all quadrants, all levels, all lines, all states, all types). The relationship between integral methodological pluralism and the AQAL model are explored in the context of a fundamental misunderstanding of phenomenology, transpersonal psychology, and the human sciences, not as a method among many but as an essential characteristic of Wilber’s integral theory. This article aims to contribute to the further development of integral research and design methods through clarification and contextualization.

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Evergreen helped me to find and step into my voice. Evergreen provided me with academic freedom and space to explore an area of interest that I simply could not find in other venues on the undergraduate level at the time. In many ways, I found an open space for creativity and exploration that was cathartic and therapeutic for me. Evergreen represented a commitment to an alternative education that honors diverse ways of knowing beyond traditional boundaries and interests. Paradoxically, I found a stabilizing influence in Evergreen's open curriculum. I will always cherish my time at Evergreen.