SUNY Oneonta

Department of Philosophy
160 Fitzelle Hall
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015

Phone: (607) 436-2456
Fax: (607) 436-2435



Research and Publication


All members of the department are active, productive scholars. They present their findings to receptive audiences at international conferences, publish regularly in some of the field's top journals, and serve as consultants for various educational initiatives.

A few of the most prominent publications from the past couple of years are profiled below. For a more complete listing of research interests, honors, and publications please access the individual pages indexed to the link labelled Faculty.

Douglas Shrader and Ashok Malhotra
Pathways to Philosophy
Prentice Hall, 1996

Pathways to Philosophy is a playful, imaginative introduction to the art of philosophical reflection and wonderment.

Original essays are combined with classical and contemporary readings from philosophy, science, and literature. Both structure and content emphasize the wide-ranging nature of the field, its relevance to other disciplines, and the interrelatedness of seemingly disparate areas of study.

There are four main sections divided into a total of twelve chapters held together by a common thread: analysis and exploration of various concepts and dimensions of the Self. The text covers Eastern as well as Western traditions and includes selections by both men and women.

All material is carefully chosen, edited, and coordinated to insure that it is accessible to and appropriate for introductory students. The overall effect is a presentation which is sure to be engaging, exciting, provocative, and fun.

To learn more about Pathways to Philosophy, click on one of the following links.

Michael Green
Issues in Native American Cultural Identity
Peter Lang, 1995

Issues in Native American Cultural Identity is a multi-faceted collection of essays that explore the cultural, historical, legal, philosophical, and political significance of cultural identity to the indigenous people and nations of the United States.

In addition to exploring the conceptual and historical conditions for the development of cultural identity, it analyzes and evaluates from a variety of disciplinary perspectives an array of cultural identities that have been assigned to Native Americans by the dominant culture as well as various identities that the Native Americans have developed or are developing for themselves in order to prevent cultural genocide.

$29.95 (U.S.) plus $3.00 shipping and handling
320 pages -- ISBN 0-8204-2593-1

United States and Canadian orders:
Peter Lang Publishing
62 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036-4202
(212) 764-1471
Fax: (212) 302-7574

European orders:
Peter Lang AG
Jupiterstrasse 15
CH 3000 Bern 15
Telephone: 031 940 21 21
Telefax: 031 941 21 31

Ashok Malhotra
Jean Paul Sartre's Existentialism in Literature and Philosophy
Oneonta Philosophy Studies, 1995

Writing on Jean-Paul Sartre is like going to a shrine. The way is well trodden. However, the journey continues to be uphill and the path winding and circuitous. There are blind alleys, labyrinthine pathways, and distracting lights. Time and again one has to pause and look for direction. I have been a devoted pilgrim to the Sartre shrine. As a token of my debt to Sartre, I have written this work in an effort to telescope the long and arduous intellectual journey for the newly initiated.

The book is directed to the grassroots course in Sartre's brand of existential philosophy. My experience in teaching introductory courses in philosophy has convinced me that the philosophy of Sartre can be best introduced to students through Nausea which is replete with existential themes. It is easier for the beginner to identify oneself with Roquentin and his use of the phenomenological method in Nausea than with Sartre and his abstract and vague descriptions of this method in Being and Nothingness. The ideal of philosophy as a presuppositionless discipline is also best conveyed through the character and experiences of Roquentin who by living his universal doubt reveals existence in its immediacy.

The book does not claim to be a substitute for Sartre's popular novel Nausea, or his philosophical work, Being and Nothingness. It is better regarded as a companion volume or handy guide for comprehending Sartre's complex work.

To learn more about Jean Paul Sartre's Existentialism in Literature and Philosophy, click on one of the following links.

Educational Change
A Journal of Role Analysis and Institutional Change

Educational Change is the official journal of the New York State Foundations of Education Association (NYSFEA). Articles explore the social and psychological foundations of education -- especially role analysis in education, institutional change within education, and links between education and other systems. Opinions and interpretations presented in the journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent positions adopted by the New York State Foundations of Education Association, the editor, or publisher. To obtain copies of the journal, or to join NYSFEA, write to:

    Dr. Tim Glander
    Treasurer, NYSFEA
    Education Department
    Nazareth College
    425 East Avenue
    Rochester, NY 14610
For additional information, click on one of the following links.