Stanley Vodraska Professor Emeritus

Stanley Vodraska

PhD, University of London

Office: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Emeritus Faculty Suite
Phone: 888-2326
E-mail: vodrasks@canisius.edu

Professor Vodraska served in the United States Navy at First Naval District Headquarters, at that time in Boston, and at Fleet Intelligence Center, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, at that time in Morocco. Supported by the G.I. Bill he graduated B.A. egregia cum laude from Saint John’s University in Minnesota. Then as a J. William Fulbright Scholar he studied at the Higher Institute of Philosophy in the University of Louvain, in Belgium, and as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow he graduated M.A. from the University of Chicago. After teaching for several years, and supported by his wife and by a Canisius College Faculty Fellowship, he studied at the Warburg Institute School of Advanced Study and was awarded Ph.D. by the University of London.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Familial Philosophy
  • Hume’s Moral Philosophy
  • Medieval Moral Philosophy
  • Medieval Natural Philosophy
  • Modal Logic

Selected Publications and References:

  1. “The Flemish Octave Clavichord: Structure and Fretting”, Organ Yearbook 10 (1979) 117-25. See Francis Knights, “The Clavichord: A Comprehensive Bibliography”, Galpin Society Journal 48 (March 1995) 52-67.
  2. “Hume’s Moral Enquiry: An Analysis of Its Catalogue”, Philosophical Topics 12: 3 (Winter 1981) 79-108. Reprinted in Stanley Tweyman, ed.,David Hume; Critical Assessments, The Routledge Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers (London and New York: Routledge, 1995) 4: 12-40.
  3. “Against Blackstone and the Concept of Marriage as Contract”, Modern Schoolman 81: 2 (January 2004) 97-120.
  4. “Works of Mercy and the Principle of Familial Preference”, Faith and Philosophy 22: 1 (January 2005) 21-41.
  5. Professor Vodraska’s dissertation, “Pseudo-Aristotle, De causis proprietatum et elementorum: Critical Edition and Study”, has been cited repeatedly by scholars, e.g., Alberti Magni . . . De natura loci . . . De causis proprietatum elementorum . . . De generatione et corruptione . . . ed. Paulus Hossfeld. This volume constitutes . . .  Alberti Magni . . . Opera Omnia . . . Tomus V Pars II (Münster: Aschendorff, 1980); in this volume of the “standard edition”, i.e., the “Cologne edition”, of the complete works of Albert the Great the editor Hossfeld printed the work that Albert commented on from the critical edition of the (Latin) text that Vodraska established in his dissertation; Hossfield printed neither the studies nor the English translation that had also been parts of the dissertation. See also Charles B. Schmitt and Delwyn Knox, Pseudo-Aristoteles Latinus: A Guide to Latin Works . . ., Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts 12 (London: University of London Warburg Institute, 1985) 20; Peter Kingsley, Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic: Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995); Godefroid de Callataÿ, “World Cycles and Geological Changes according to the Brethren of Purity”, in Peter Adamson, ed., In the Age of al-Fârâbî: Arabic Philosophy in the Fourth/Tenth Century, Warburg Institute Colloquia 12 (London: Warburg Institute School of Advanced Study, 2008) 179-193; Albert the Great, On the Causes of the Properties of the Elements, tr. Irven M. Resnick, Mediaeval Philosophical Texts in Translation 46 (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2010).