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Gerard Casey

BA (University College Cork), MA (Notre Dame),  

LLB (University of London), LLM (University College Dublin) 

PhD (University of Notre Dame).  


(see also   

Interests:   Political Philosophy (Libertarian Anarchism), Aristotle, Aquinas.   

Academic Appointments 

Current: Associate Professor, University College Dublin (Head of Department/School, 2000-2006); Adjunct Professor, Maryvale Institute (Birmingham, UK); Associated Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute (Auburn, USA). 

Previous: Assistant Professor, The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), 1983-1986. 

 Adjunct Professor at the Pontifical Institute in Washington D.C., 1984-86.    

Recently Published 

Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State. London: Continuum, 2012. 

Murray Rothbard (Vol. 15 of Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers). New York: Continuum.  

“Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking” in Shaughnessy, M. (ed.), Critical Thinking and Higher Order Thinking: A Current Perspective. Nova Science Publishers. 

“Religion and Politics: The Case for their Divorce” in Herrero, M. (ed.), Religion and the Political Olms Verlag: Hildesheim, Zurich, New York, pp. 93-105. 

“The Contemporary University and its Cultured Despisers,” in Walsh, B. (ed.), Degrees of Nonsense: The Demise of the Irish University. Dublin: Glasnevin Publishing, pp. 24-41. 

“Can You Own Yourself?” Analysis and Metaphysics, 10 (10), pp. 9-16. 

“Conservatism and Libertarianism: Friends or Foes?” in D. Ozsel (ed.), Reflections on Conservatism, pp. 33-53 

“Things are Seldom What They Seem,” in Dylan Wittkower (ed.), Philip K. Dick and Philosophy, New York: Open Court Press, pp. 143-52. 

“An Elementary Grammar of Rights and the Law,” Analysis and Metaphysics, 9 (9), pp. 9-18.  

“Where Does Law Come From?” Philosophical Inquiry, 32 (3-4). pp. 85-92. 

“Religion, the Market, and the State,” in Thomas E. Woods (ed.), Back on the Road to Serfdom, ISI Press, pp. 155-69. 

“Economic Liberalism and Social Justice,” Economic Affairs, 30 (1), pp. 2-6 (with Meadowcroft, J.). 

“Two Roads, One Truth,” Journal of International Business, 2 (2), pp. 21-36.  

“Legal Polycentrism,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, 22 (1), pp. 22-34.  

“Constitutions of No Authority: Spoonerian Reflections,” Independent Review, 14 (3), pp. 325-340.  

Forthcoming Publications 

“Economics and Ethics” in O'Rourke, F. (ed.), Human Destinies, University of Notre Dame Press. 

“The Inescapability of Ethics” in O’Rourke, F. (ed.), TBA, University of Notre Dame Press. 

“Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us: The Place of Reason in Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, in Edmondson, R. & Huelser, K. Practical Reasoning and Human Engagement: Language, Ethics and Action. Rowman and Littlefield.  

Some Publications Available On-line: 

Born Alive: The Legal Status of the Unborn ChildChichester: Barry Rose Law Publishers, 2005.  

“Which is to be Master?” The Indefensibility of Political RepresentationPhilosophical Inquiry, vol. 31 nos. 3-4, 2009, pp. 1-10 

Metaphysics and Certainty: Beyond Justification“ in Murray, D. G. (ed.), Proceedings: Metaphysics. Second World Conference, Rome, July 2-5 (2003) (Rome: Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca, (2006), vol. I, pp. 324-327. 

Reengineering the Academy: A Response to Professor Rothblatt” in The University and Society: From Newman to the Market in Lavan, A. (ed.), Dublin: UCD (2006), pp. 31-34. 

Are there unenumerated rights in the Irish Constitution?” Irish Law Times Vol. 23 (New Series) No 8 (2005), pp. 123-127. 

“The 'logically faultless' argument for unenumerated rights in the Constitution” Irish Law TimesVol. 22 (New Series) No. 16 (2004), pp. 246-248.

Faith in Search of Understanding“ in Costello, S. (ed.), Credo: Faith and Philosophy in Contemporary Ireland  (ed. ) Dublin: Liffey Press (2003), pp. 1-14. 

Ethics and Human Nature” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 77, No. 4 (2003) pp. 521-533 

Pregnant Woman and Unborn Child: Legal Adversaries“ Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland Vol. 8 No. 2, (2002), pp. 75-81.

Hopkins: Poetry and Philosophy” Studies Vol. 84, No 334 (1995), pp. 160-167. 

Reply to Professor Thomas Anderson” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 64, No. 4 (1995), pp. 621-622 

Immateriality and Intentionality“ in O’ Rourke, F. (ed.), At the Heart of the Real  Irish Academic Press, (1992), pp. 97-112 

Minds and Machines” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 66, No. 1 (1992) pp. 57-80. 

Wittgenstein: World, Reality and States of Affairs“ Philosophical Studies Vol. 33 (1992), pp. 107-111. 

The Computational Metaphor and Cognitive Psychology“ Irish Journal of Psychology, Vol. 101, No. 2, (1989), pp. 143-161 [co-authored with Professor Aidan Moran].

Angelic Interiority“ Irish Philosophical Journal Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring (1989), pp. 82-118 

Artificial Intelligence and Wittgenstein”Philosophical Studies Vol. 32 (1988-1990), pp. 156-175. 

A Problem of Unity in the Moral Thought of St Thomas” The New Scholasticism  Vol. 61, No. 2 (1987) pp. 146-161. 

An Explication of Boethius's De Hebdomadibus in the Light of St Thomas's Commentary“ The Thomist  Vol. 51, No. 3 (1987), pp. 419-434.