ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Dr. Ashok Kumar Malhotra, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Philosophy Department at SUNY Oneonta, will sign copies of his latest book from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, November 8 in the bookstore at the Hunt College Union at SUNY Oneonta. Entitled “Sartre and Yoga,” it is the thirteenth volume that Malhotra has authored, edited or transcribed, and his third work regarding Sartre.
“Sartre and Yoga” offers innovative approaches to the reading of Sartre’s novel “Nausea,” considering it as a philosophical and a psychological novel, and as a work of art. After depicting the existential themes in “Nausea,” Malhotra compares the existential philosophy of “Nausea” to that of Sartre’s “Being and Nothingness.” He then discusses the ethical and social dimensions of Sartre’s philosophy before exploring the interconnection between philosophy, art, and literature.
Malhotra dedicated “Sartre and Yoga” to his colleague, Dr. Douglas W. Shrader, who died earlier this year. Shrader, who was a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Oneonta as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of the Oneonta Philosophy Studies Series, worked with Malhotra on the book.
A member of the SUNY Oneonta faculty since 1967, Malhotra was nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in developing the Indo-International Schools through the Ninash Foundation and the SUNY Oneonta Learn and Serve in India program. He is the founder of the Yoga and Meditation Society at SUNY Oneonta that has brought more than 25 scholars and practitioners from all over the world to Oneonta. He has endowed annual “Seva” awards for compassionate service to recognize the efforts of students and faculty at SUNY Oneonta and his alma mater, the University of Hawaii.
The recipient of multiple awards recognizing his service, Malhotra was honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994 and promoted to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2001.