Professor Celano also has a License of Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. His main research interests are Ancient and Medieval Philosophy as well as Moral Theory.

Recent publications were articles on Aristotle's concept of phronesis and on Thomas Aquinas' moral theory. Currently, Prof. Celano is completing the edition of Robert Kilwardby's Commentary Supra Libros Ethicorum. He has also taught at Wheaton College and at the University of Jena.


  • B.A., University of Delaware
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Toronto


  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for Lecturing and Research at the University of Erfurt, Germany, March to July, 2005
  • Maria-Sybilla-Merian-Stipendium, Universität Erfurt, International Office, Research Grant, June to August, 2001.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for Lecturing and Research at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena and the Bibliotheca Amploniana, Erfurt, Germany, January to June, 1998.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Stipend for work on Robert Kilwardby's Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, 1990.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to participate in summer seminar, "Virtues and their Vicissitudes", (director, A. O. Rorty), 1989.
  • Stonehill College Publication and Research Grant, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Research Grant with James P. Reilly, 1981 to 1983.
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Fellowship for research in Germany, 1978-1979.
  • Graduate, Magna cum laude, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1979.
  • Graduate with High Honors, University of Delaware, 1973.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Delaware, 1973.

Editorial Evaluations

  • Outside Evaluator for the National Endowment for the Humanities: Texts/Editions.
  • Evaluator for Mediaeval Studies.
  • Evaluator for the Journal of the History of Philosophy.
  • Evaluator for McGraw-Hill Inc.: College/Schaum Division.
  • Evaluator for the Press of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.


  • Latin: Excellent; eight years of study and four years of teaching.
  • Ancient Greek: Good; five years of college study.
  • German: Fluent.
  • French: Excellent reading knowledge; fair spoken ability.
  • Italian, Spanish and Dutch: Good reading knowledge.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Philisophical Association.
  • Member, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy.
  • Member, Society for Neo-platonic Studies.


  • Co-editor with James Reilly of Thomas Aquinas' De divinisnominibus. The Latin text and the critical apparatus are finished, and the entire work with a doctrinal and historical introduction will be published in the Opera omnia of Thomas Aquinas (Leonine Commission, Rome) shortly.
  • At the request of P. O. Lewry of Oxford and Toronto, I have agreed to complete the critical edition of Robert Kilwardby's Commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics. The edition is now finished and the work will be published in the series, Geistesgeschichte desMittelalters (Thomas-Institut, University of Cologne) upon completion of the introduction. Professor Lewry was unable to complete the edition before his death.
  • I have finished a book examining the importance of moral tradition for the teaching of practical wisdom. This work examines also the method by which moral principles are best taught. The title of the book is Practical Wisdom and the Moral Tradition.
  • "Happiness" to appear in the Springer Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy, 2008.
  • "Robert Kilwardby's Ethics," a chapter to appear in Brill Companion to Robert Kilwardby, to be published by Brill (Leiden) in 2008.
  • "Phronesis, Prudence and Moral Goodness in the Thriteenth Century Commentaries on the Nicomachean Ethics," to appear in Mediaevalia Philosophica Polonorum, 2007.
  • "The Relation of felicitas to beatitudo in the pre-1250 commentaries on the Ethica Nicomachea," Documenti e studi sulla tadizione filosofica medievale, XVII, 2006, 1-22.
  • "The Importance of the Exception in the Education of the Aristotelian Phronimos," in Die Ausnahme denken: Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Klaus-Michael Kodalle in zwei Bänden, ed. C. Dierksmeier (Würzburg, 2003), I, 107-115.
  • "The Good Thief, Cain and Thomas Aquinas: The Problem of Moral Perfection in Medeival Thought," submitted for publication to theJournal of the History of Philosophy.
  • "From Priam to the Good Thief: The Significance of a Single Act in Greek Ethics and Medieval Moral Teaching," The Etienne Gilson Series, 22 and Studies in Medieval Moral Teaching, 3 (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 2000).
  • "Robert Kilwardby on the Relation of Virtue to Happiness," Medieval Philosophy and Theology, 8 (1999), 149-162.
  • "Medieval Theories of Practical Reason," in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ( under p for practical reason (1999).
  • "The End of Practical Wisdom: Ethics as Science in the Thirteenth Century," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 33 (1995), 225-243.
  • "Boethius of Dacia," entry for the Dictionary of Literary Biography, v. 115: Medieval Philosophers, ed. J. Hackett (Detroit, 1992), 118-121.
  • "Robert Kilwardby and the Limits of Moral Science," read at the 24th International Congress of Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, May 7, 1989; published in Philosophy and the God of Abraham: Essays in Memory of James A. Weisheipl, ed. R. J. Long (Toronto, 1991), 31-40.
  • "Play and the Theory of Basic Human Goods," AmericanPhilosophical Quarterly, 28 (1991), 137-146.
  • "Aristotle on Human Goodness: Commentary on R. Renehan's 'Aristotle's Doctrine of the Proper End of Man: Some Observations'," read at the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Oct. 19, 1989; published in Proceedings of The Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, VI (1990), 102-114.
  • "Act of the Intellect or Act of the Will: The Critical Reception of Aristotle's Ideal of Human Perfection in the 13th and Early 14th Centuries," Archives d'histoire doctrinale et littéraire du moyen âge, 57 (1990), 93-119.
  • "Boethius of Dacia on the Highest Good," Traditio, 43 (1987), 199-214.
  • "The Concept of Worldly Beatitude in the Writings of Thomas Aquinas," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 25 (1987), 215-226; reprinted in Great Political Thinkers, edd. J. Dunn & I. Harris, v. VII (Elgar Publ., Cheltenham, 1994).
  • "Peter of Auvergne's Questions on Books I and II of theNicomachean Ethics," Mediaeval Studies, 48 (1986), 1-110.
  • "The 'finis hominis' in the thirteenth-century commentaries on theNicomachean Ethics," Archives d'histoire doctrinale et littéraire du moyen âge, 53 (1986), 23-53.
  • "The Understanding of the Concept of Happiness in the pre-1250 Commentaries on the Ethica Nicomachea," in a special issue ofMedioevo (University of Padua), 12 (1986), 29-53 devoted to medieval moral philosophy.
  • "Aristotle on Beatitude," Ancient Philosophy, V, 2 (1985), 205-214.
  • C. Trottmann, La vision béatifique des disputes scolastiques à sa définition par Benoît XII, in Speculum, 73 (1998), 909-911.
  • L. Sturlese, Storia della filosofia tedesca nel medioevo. Il secolo XIII,Archives internationales d'histoire des sciences, 47, (1997), 36-38.
  • J. Wissink (ed.), The Eternity of the World in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas and his Contemporaries in Archives internationales d'histoire des sciences, 42 (1992), 354.
  • S. Salkever, Finding the Mean: Theory and Practice in Aristotelian Political Philosophy, in Canadian Philosophical Reviews, 11, (1991), 66-67.
  • Arnald of Villanova, Arnaldi de Villanovi Opera medici omnia IV. . ., ed. L. Demaitre, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 45 (1990), 501.
  • Boethius of Dacia On the Supreme Good. . . tr. J. Wippel, Journal of the History of Philosophy, 28 (1989), 286-287.
  • A. Wolters, Duns Scotus on the Will and Morality, CanadianPhilosophical Reviews, 7 (1987), 179-181.
  • Invited to present the lecture, "From Priam to the Good Thief: The Significance of a Single Event in Greek Ethics and Medieval Moral Teaching," at Boston College (Bradley Lecture Series), March 23, 2001.
  • Response to E. Berti's, "The Reception of Aristotle's Intellectual Virtues in Gadamer and Hermeneutic Philosophy," Bradley Medieval Lecture Series, Dec. 6, 1999.
  • "Medieval Theories of Practical Reason," Boston Colloquium of Medieval Philosophy, Boston College, Feb. 22, 1999.
  • "Warum ist die Philosophie Aristoteles und des Mittelalters wichtig?" Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany, June 9, 1998.
  • "Robert Kilwardbys Kommentar zu der Ethica vetus und nova," Thomas-Institut, University of Cologne, Germany, May 6, 1998
  • "Aristoteles und der moralische Begriff 'Phronesis'," Collegium Philosophicum, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany, Apr. 29, 1998
  • "The Trial of the Century: Socrates and the Athenian Democracy," Stoughton (MA) High School, April 8, 1995.
  • "The Understanding of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics at the University of Paris in the 13th Century," International Society for the Classical Tradition, Boston University, March 8, 1995.
  • "The Role of the Educator in the Moral Tradition," The Superintendents' (of public schools) Center for Leadership, Advocacy and Collaboration, N. Easton, MA, Feb. 7, 1995
  • "The End of Practical Wisdom: Ethics as Science in the 13th Century," The Boston Colloquium of Medieval Philosophy, Harvard University, April 13, 1992.
  • "Robert Kilwardby and the Unity of Ethical Science," Conference for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, Sept. 26, 1992.
  • "Thomas Aquinas on the Divine Names," Society for Neoplatonic Studies, meeting at the American Philosophical Association, Atlanta, Dec. 29, 1989.
  • "The Ethics of Nature," Stonehill College Biology Society, Apr. 20, 1988.
  • "Aristotle's Ethics and its Medieval Critics," Boston Colloquium for Medieval Philosophy, Brandeis University, Dec. 7, 1987; also read at the meeting of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, at the Eastern Division Conference of the American Philosophical Association, New York, Dec. 29, 1987.
  • "The Significance of Play in Modern Moral Theory," Rochester Institute of Technology, Jan. 25, 1988.
  • Plato's Critique of Religion," Philosophy Society of Stonehill College, Apr. 10, 1988.
  • "Siger of Brabant and the Perfection of Soul," Plymouth State University Conference on Medieval Studies, Apr. 15, 1988.
  • "William of Ockham and the Critique of Natural Ethics," Conference for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, Oct. 10, 1987.
  • "The Role of the Divine in Aristotle's Ethics," College of the Holy Cross, Nov. 25, 1986.
  • "Beatitude and the Human Good: The Teachings of Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas as reflected in the De divinis nominibus," Conference for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, Sept. 22, 1985.
  • "Boethius of Dacia's De summo bono, University of Toronto, Nov. 5, 1984.
  • "Aristotle's Concept of Human Goodness," Boston College, Feb. 11, 1982.
  • "The Study of Ethics at Paris, 1200-1250," Western Michigan University, May 6, 1982.
  • "Thomas Aquinas on the Divine Names," Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, March 11, 1982.

Teaching Experience

  • Einführung in die Philosophie des Mittelalters, Lectures on the main themes in medieval philosophy.
  • Der Begriff des Glücks im griechischen Altertum und Mittelater, Seminar on the philosophical ideal of happiness in ancient and medieval philosophy.
  • Introduction to Philosophy: The main themes in Western thought from the ancient Greeks to modern philosophers.
  • Ethics: Current moral problems with reference to the historical roots of moral theory.
  • Early Greek Philosophy: The view of reality from the religious tradition to the predecessors of Socrates.
  • Plato: Seminar on selected dialogues.
  • Aristotle: Selected topics in metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.
  • Medieval Philosophy: The importance of the concept of being and the problem of knowledge in the writings of medieval philosophers.
  • Heidegger, Nietzsche and the Greeks: Senior seminar on the influence of ancient thinkers on Heidegger and Nietzsche.
  • Heidegger: Senior seminar on the Introduction to Metaphysics and the Discourse on Thinking.
  • Mythology and Morality: A course examining the origins of ethical ideals and the influence of mythic figures who serve as moral paradigms.
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Classical Philosophical Problems: Seminar examining the way in which philosophical ideas may be introduced through a study of literature, music and films.
  • Practical Wisdom and the Moral Tradition: Advanced seminar concerning the genesis of ethical action and the way in which the moral tradition shapes, and is altered by, individual acts.
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism: The major themes of Sartre, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard with special reference to the problems of ethics.

Medieval and Classical Latin

Administrative Experience

  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, 2000-present.
  • Member, Rank and Tenure Committee, Stonehill College, 1988 to 1991; 2000- present.
  • Member, Academic Committee, Stonehill College, 1984-7.
  • Chair, Sub-committee on awards for teaching excellence, Stonehill College, 1986.
  • Member, Athletic Committee, Stonehill College, 1982-3.
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee, Stonehill College, 1982-3.
  • Member, Council of the Pontifical Institute, Toronto, 1976 to 1978.