Researchers at UCD


Gerard Casey

Associate Professor

School Of Philosophy
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168201


Gerard Casey is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin and Associated Scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute (Auburn, Alabama, USA). He was Head of Department/School from 2000 to 2006. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame, 1980-1981 and at the School of Philosophy in The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), 1983-1986. He was a member of UCD's Governing Authority 2004-2009 (re-elected for 2009-2014) and is NUI Consultor to the State Examination Commission in the subject Religious Education. He received his BA from University College Cork, then went on to receive an MA and PhD from the University of Notre Dame. He has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of London and a Master of Laws (LLM) from University College Dublin. He serves on the editorial boards of Geopolitics, History and International Relations; Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice; Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics, Review of Social and Economic Issues and Libertarian Papers, and is a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy; the Association for Political Theory; the American Philosophical Association, The Independent Institute and The Aristotelian Society. He has written Murray Rothbard (Vol. 15 in the series Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers) published by Continuum, 2010 (paperback 2013) and his Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State was published (also by Continuum) in July 2012. He is currently working on a history of political thought from a libertarian perspective.




Association: Association for Political Theory, Function/Role: Member
Association: Aristotelian Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: Royal Institute of Philosophy, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Jurisprudence Society, Function/Role: Ordinary Member
Association: American Catholic Philosophical Association, Function/Role: Sometime Treasurer
Association: American Philosophical Association, Function/Role: Ordinary Member
Association: Irish Philosophical Society, Function/Role: Sometime Secretary
Association: Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (Irish Chapter), Function/Role: Sometime Secretary/Chairman

Conference Contributions

Casey, G.; (2011) Can Conservatives be Libertarians? Can Libertarians be Conservatives?. [Invited Lecture], Austrian Scholars Conference, Auburn, Alabama , 10-MAR-11 - 12-MAR-11.
Session Chairman; (2011) A Whole-day seminar on Barden & Murphy's OUP Book - Law and Justice in Community. [Chaired Session], Law and Justice in Community, Trinity College Dublin , 05-FEB-11 - 05-FEB-11.
Casey, G.; (2010) Colloquium Participant. [Invited Oral Presentation], Liberty Fund Colloquium: Adam Smith (Edinburgh), Edinburgh , 16-SEP-10 - 20-SEP-09.
Casey, G.; (2010) Joe Church Memorial Lecture on Religion and Economics. [Keynote Address], Austrian Scholars Conference 2010, Auburn, Alabama , 13-MAR-10 - 16-MAR-10.
Casey, G; (2009) Should the Home be an Economics-free Zone?. [Keynote Address], Home Renaissance Foundation: Homemaking and Social Sustainability: Building Society through a New Professionalism in the Home (IESE Business School, Barcelona), Barcelona , 18-MAY-09 - 18-MAY-09.
Casey, G.; (2004) Colloquium Participant. [Oral Presentation], Liberty Fund Colloquium: Freedom and Responsibility in the Work of Arthur Koestler (Malmesbury, UK), Malmesbury, UK , 07-OCT-04 - 10-OCT-04.
Casey, G.; (2009) Which is to be master?: The Indefensibility of Political Representation. [Invited Lecture], Austrian Scholars Conference, Auburn, Alabama, USA , 12-MAR-09 - 14-MAR-09.
Casey, G.; (2009) In Defence of Anarchy. [Invited Lecture], Speaking Invitation (NUI Galway), Galway , 20-JAN-09 - 20-JAN-09.
Gerard Casey; (2008) Religion y politica: argumentos para su divorcio? (Religion and Politics - A Case for Divorce?). [Plenary Lecture], Religion y Politica (University of Navarrre, Pamplona), Pamplona, Spain , 20-NOV-08 - 22-NOV-08.
Casey, G; (2008) Colloquium Participant. [Oral Presentation], Liberty Fund Colloquium: Liberty and Self-Perfection in Confucian Thought (Edinburgh), Edinburgh , 09-OCT-08 - 12-OCT-08.
Casey, G.; (2008) Government as a criminal organisation. [Invited Lecture], Speaking Invitation (Dublin Business School), Dublin , 12-DEC-08 - 12-DEC-08.
Casey, G; (2007) Aspects of Legal Polycentrism. [Invited Lecture], Austrian Scholars Conference, Auburn, Alabama , 15-MAR-07 - 18-MAR-07.
Casey, G.; (2007) Colloquium Participant. [Oral Presentation], Liberty Fund Colloquium: Economics and Liberty in Film and Fiction (Birmingham), Birmingham , 12-APR-07 - 15-APR-07.
Gerard Casey; (2007) In Defence of Anarchy. [Invited Lecture], Speaking invitation (Wheaton College, USA), Wheaton, Illinois, USA , 17-OCT-07 - 17-OCT-07.
Casey, G; (2006) Scholastic Economics. [Invited Lecture], Irish Philosophy Society, Autumn Meeting (Belfast), Belfast , 15-DEC-06 - 17-DEC-06.
Casey, G.; (2005) Ethics and Economics: Friends or Foes?. [Invited Lecture], Thomas More Institute Lecture Series (London), London , 19-OCT-05 - 19-OCT-05.
Casey, G.; (2005) Reengineering the University. [Plenary Lecture], The University and Society: From Newman to Market (Faculty of Human Sciences Conference--UCD), Dublin , 15-SEP-05 - 15-SEP-05.
Casey, G.; (2003) Metaphysics, Mathematics and Metaphor. [N/A], Irish Philosophy Society (Maynooth), * , 01-JAN-03 - 01-JAN-03.
Casey, G.; (2003) Metaphysics and Metaphor. [N/A], International Conference on Metaphysics (Rome), Rome , 01-JUL-03 - 01-JUL-03.
Casey, G.; (2001) The Born Alive Rule and the Law of Homicide,. [N/A], Craiglands Conference (University of Leeds and University of Birmingham: Ilkley), Ilkley , 01-JAN-01 - 01-JAN-01.
Casey, G.; (1999) The Challenge of Liberalism, Marxism, and Postmodernism to a Contemporary Jurisprudence,. [N/A], Mut zür Ethik (Feldkirch, Austria), Austria , 01-JAN-99 - 01-JAN-99.
Casey, G.; (1998) The Family in Europe. [Invited Lecture], Select Committee of Czech Parliament (Prague), Prague , 14-OCT-98 - 14-OCT-98.
Casey, G.; (1997) The Family in the Irish Constitution,. [N/A], World Congress of Families (Prague), Prague , 01-JAN-97 - 01-JAN-97.
Casey, G.; (1996) Zwei Gefahren fur Demokratie,. [N/A], Mut zür Ethik (Feldkirch, Austria), * , 01-JAN-96 - 01-JAN-96.
Casey, G.; (1995) Erziehung, Familie und politisches Handeln,. [N/A], Mut zür Ethik (Feldkirch, Austria), * , 01-JAN-95 - 01-JAN-95.
Casey, G.; (1994) Comments on Moral Belief, Experience and Judgement,. [N/A], Wheaton College Philosophy Conference (Wheaton, USA), * , 01-JAN-94 - 01-JAN-94.
Casey, G.; (1991) Man and His Nature,. [N/A], Irish Philosophical Society, * , 01-JAN-91 - 01-JAN-91.
Casey, G.; (1990) Monkeys, Machines and Minds,. [N/A], Royal Irish Academy Conference on Mind and Artificial Intelligence (Dublin), * , 01-JAN-90 - 01-JAN-90.
Casey, G.; (1989) Wittgenstein and Artificial Intelligence,. [N/A], Irish Philosophical Society, * , 01-JAN-89 - 01-JAN-89.
Casey, G.; (1988) Person, Dignity and Progress,. [N/A], Univ 1988, Dublin, * , 01-JAN-88 - 01-JAN-88.
Casey, G.; (1988) Angelic Interiority. [Plenary Lecture], Irish Philosophical Society, Belfast , 08-SEP-88 - 09-SEP-88.


Committee : University Committee on Academic Appointments, Tenure and Promotion
Committee : UCAATP Sub-Committee on Tenure
Committee : UCAATP Subcommittee on External Assessors
Committee : Governing Authority, UCD
Committee : Faculty of Human Sciences Library Committee
Committee : Library Users' Committee
Committee : Faculty/College of Human Sciences Executive
Committee : Academic Council
Committee : Financial Strategy Taskforce
Committee : Royal Irish Academy Philosophy Committee
Committee : National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Leaving Certificate Committee on Religious Education


Employer: UCD
Position: Associate Professor
Employer: Maryvale Institute, Birmingham
Position: Adjunct Professor
Employer: UCD
Position: Senior Lecturer
Employer: UCD
Position: College Lecturer
Employer: UCD
Position: College Lecturer
Employer: The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., USA
Position: Assistant Professor
Employer: Pontifical Institute of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
Position: Adjunct Professor


Year 1978 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1981 Institution: University of Notre Dame
Qualification: MA Subject: Philosophy
Year 1983 Institution: University of Notre Dame, IN
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2001 Institution: University of London
Qualification: LLB Subject: Law
Year 2003 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: LLM Subject: Law



Other Activities

Member of the Editorial Board of Geopolitics, History and International Relations; Member of the Editorial Board of Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice; Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics; Adjunct Professor at the Maryvale Institute (Birmingham, UK); Adjunct Scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute (Auburn, Alabama, USA); NUI Consultor to the State Examination Commission in the subject Religious Education.



Casey, G. (2013) Murray Rothbard. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
Casey, G.; (2012) Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State. London: Continuum. [Details]
Casey, G.; (2010) Murray Rothbard. New York: Continuum. [Details]
Casey, G.; (2005) Born Alive: The Legal Status of the Unborn Child. Chichester, UK: Barry Rose Law Publishers. Available Online [Details]
Casey, G; (1996) Sex Education in the Primary School. Dublin: Aras Mhuire Publications. [Details]
Casey, G.; (1984) Natural Reason. New York/ Berne: Peter Lang. [Details]

Book Chapters

Casey, G. (2013) 'Ethics and Economics' In: Fran O'Rourke (eds). Human Destinies. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. , pp.647-662 Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2013) 'The Inescapability of Ethics' In: Fran O'Rourke (eds). What Happened in and to Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century?: Philosophical Essays in Honour of Alasdair MacIntyre. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. , pp.460-473 [Details]
Casey, G. (2013) 'Why Chickens have no Myths: Walker Percy on Language and Man' In: Leahy, Brendan & Walsh, David (eds). The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery. Dublin: Veritas. , pp.161-177 [Details]
Casey, G. (2013) 'Developing Philosophical Thinking Skills and Abilities' In: Shaughnessy, Michael (eds). Developing Skills, Talents and Abilities. USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc. [Details]
Casey, G. (2012) 'Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us: The Place of Reason in Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments ' In: Ricca Edmondson, Karlheinz Huelser (eds). Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse and Argument. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield (Lexington Books). , pp.79-93 [Details]
Casey, G. (2012) 'Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking' In: Michael Shaughnessy (eds). Critical Thinking and Higher Order Thinking: A Current Perspective. Hauppage, New York: Nova Science Publishers. , pp.23-39 [Details]
Casey, G. (2012) 'The Contemporary University and its Cultured Despisers' In: Brendan Walsh (eds). Degrees of Nonsense: The Demise of the Irish University. Dublin: Glasnevin Publishing. , pp.24-51 Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2012) 'Religion and Politics: The Case for their Divorce' In: Montserrat Herrero (eds). Religion and the Political. Hildesheim, Zurich, New York: Olms Verlag. , pp.93-105 [Details]
Casey, G.; (2011) 'Things Are Seldom What They Seem' In: Dylan Wittkower (eds). Philip K. Dick and Philosophy. New York: Open Court. , pp.143-152 [Details]
Casey, G.; (2011) 'Conservatism and Libertarianism: Friends or Foes?' In: D. Ozsel (eds). Reflections on Conservatism. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. , pp.33-53 [Details]
Casey, G; (2010) 'Religion, the Market, and the State' In: Thomas Woods (eds). Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism. Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books. , pp.155-169 (215-16) [Details]
Casey, G.; (2008) 'To intervene or not to intervene? Legal Issues in the Mother-Unborn Child Relationship' In: Jennifer Schweppe (eds). The Unborn Child, Article 40.3.3 and Abortion in Ireland: Twenty-Five Years of Protection?. Dublin: Liffey Press. , pp.161-186 [Details]
Casey, G.; (2006) 'Reengineering the Academy: Response to Professor Rothblatt' In: Ann Lavan (eds). The University and Society: From Newman to the Market. Dublin: UCD. , pp.31-36 Available Online [Details]
Casey, G.; (2006) 'Metaphysics and Certainty: Beyond Justification' In: Casey, G.; (eds). Metaphysics 2003: Second World Conference. Rome: Fondazione Idente de Studi e di Recerca. , pp.324-327 [Details]
Casey, G.; (2003) 'Faith in Search of Understanding' In: Stephen J. Costello (eds). Credo: Faith and Philosophy in Contemporary Ireland. Dublin: The Liffey Press. , pp.1-14 Available Online [Details]
Casey, G.; (1996) 'Erziehung, Familie und politisches Handeln' In: Casey, G.; (eds). Ethik in der Erziehung - Erziehung zuer Demokratie. Zurich: Verlag Menschenkenntnis. , pp.641-646 [Details]
Casey, G.; (1996) 'Zwei Gefahren dur die demokratie' In: Casey, G.; (eds). Mut zur Ethik. Zurich: Verlag Merschenkenntnis. , pp.374-386 [Details]
Casey, G.; (1992) 'Immateriality and Intentionality' In: Fran O Rourke (eds). At the Heart of the Real. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. , pp.97-112 Available Online [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Casey, G and Shaughnessy, M (2013) 'An Interview with a Libertarian Anarchist'. Journal of Education and Sociology, 3 :5-15. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2011) 'Can You Own Yourself?'. Analysis and Metaphysics, 10 :9-16. Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2010) 'Legal Polycentrism'. Journal of Libertarian Studies, 22 (1):22-34. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2010) 'Constitutions of No Authority: Spoonerian Reflections'. Independent Review, 14 (3):325-340. [Details]
Meadowcroft, J. and Casey, G.; (2010) 'Economic Liberalism and Social Justice'. Economic Affairs, 30 (1):2-6. [Details]
Casey, G.; (2010) 'Where Does Law Come From?'. Philosophical Inquiry, 32 (3-4):85-92. Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2010) 'An Elementary Grammar of Rights and the Law'. Analysis and Metaphysics, 9 (9):9-18. Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2010) 'Two Roads, One Truth'. Journal of International Business, 2 (2):21-36. [Details]
Casey, G. and Shaughnessy, M.; (2009) 'An Interview with Gerard Casey'. International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving, 19 (2):93-107. Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2009) 'Which is to be Master?: The Indefensibility of Political Representation'. Philosophical Inquiry, 31 (3-4):1-10. Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2009) 'Teaching Philosophy to the Gifted Young'. Gifted Education International, 25 (3):246-258. Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2009) 'One Very Simple Principle'. Philosophy Now, 76 (November/December):26-27. [Details]
Casey, G.; (2009) 'Feser on Rothbard as a Philosopher'. Libertarian Papers, 1 (34):1-13. Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2008) 'Metaphysics, Mathematics and Metaphor'. Analysis and Metaphysics, 7 :13-22. [Details]
Casey, G.; (2008) 'An Argument for Essentialism'. Logos: The Annals of Spiru Haret University, 9 :19-21. [Details]
Casey, G.; (2008) 'An Argument for Essentialism'. Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, 7 :15-18. [Details]
Casey, G.; (2007) 'Meddling in Other Men's Affairs'. Economic Affairs, 27 (4):46-51. [Details]
Casey, G; (2006) 'Scholastic Economics'. Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, :70-83. [Details]
Casey, G.; (2005) 'Are there Unenumerated Rights in the Irish Constitution?'. Irish Law Times, 23 (8):123-127. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2004) 'The 'Logically Faultless' Argument for Unenumerated Rights in the Constitution'. Irish Law Times, 22 (16):246-248. [Details]
Casey, G. (2003) 'Ethics and Human Nature'. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 77 :521-533. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Casey, G.; (2002) 'Pregnant Woman and Unborn Child: Legal Adversaries'. Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 8 (2):75-81. Available Online [Details]
Casey, G.; (2001) 'The Family in Europe'. European Business Review, 13 (1):xi-xv. [Details]
Casey, G.; (1997) 'A Lesson in Politics'. The Canadian Catholic Review, 15 :12-17. [Details]
Casey, G.; (1995) 'Hopkins: Poetry and Philosophy'. Studies, 84 (334):160-167. Available Online [Details]
Casey, G.; (1995) 'Reply to Professor Thomas Anderson'. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, LXIX (4):621-622. Available Online [Details]
Casey, G.; (1992) 'Minds and Machines'. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 66 (1):57-80. Available Online [Details]
Casey, G.; (1992) 'Wittgenstein: World, Reality and States of Affairs'. Philosophical Studies, 33 :107-111. Available Online [Details]
Casey, G.; (1989) 'Angelic Interiority'. Irish Philosophical Journal, 6 (1):82-118. Available Online [Details]
Casey, G, and Moran, A.; (1989) 'The Computational Metaphor and Cognitive Psychology'. Irish Journal of Psychology, 10 (2):143-161. [Details]
Casey, G.; (1988) 'Artificial Intelligence and Wittgenstein'. Philosophical Studies, 32 :156-175. Available Online [Details]
Casey, G.; (1988) 'A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility'. Philosophical Studies, 32 :274-283. [Details]
Casey, G.; (1987) 'An Explication of Boethius's De Hebdomadibus in the Light of St Thomas's Commentary'. The Thomist, 51 (3):419-434. Available Online [Details]
Casey, G.; (1987) 'A Problem of Unity in the Moral Thought of St Thomas'. The New Scholasticism, LXI (2):146-161. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Casey, G; (1998) 'Killing is not compassionate' Opinion :19-20. [Details]
Casey, G; (1991) 'Human Rights and Natural Law' Position Papers 205 :15-26. [Details]
Casey, G; (1989) 'Education in Personal Relationships' Lumen II (3) :41-48. [Details]
Casey, G; (1988) 'Person, Dignity and Progress' Position Papers :192-198. [Details]
Casey, G; (1987) 'Catholic Street Teaching Revisited' New Oxford Review :26-30. [Details]


Casey, G.; (2011) Review of Garrett Barden and Tim Murphy's Law and Justice in Community. London: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Casey, G.; (2010) Review of Robert H. Nelson's The New Holy Wars. Reviews [Details]
Casey, G.; (2010) Review of Eric Mack's Locke (Volume in series: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers). London: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G.; (2010) Review of Tibor Machan's Equality, So Badly Misunderstood. New York: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G.; (2009) Review of Mark Dooley's Roger Scruton: The Philosopher on Dover Beach. Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (2008) Review of John Marenbon's Medieval Philosophy. Oxford: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (2006) Review of Andrew Dell'Olio's Foundations of Moral Selfhood: Aquinas on Divine Goodness and the Connection of the Virtues. Washington: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (2002) Review of Richard Posner's Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory. Washington: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (2000) Review of John Finnis's Aquinas: Moral, Political and Legal Theory. Oxford: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (2000) Review of Keith Whittington's Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent and Judicial Review. Washington: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G.; (1997) Review of Norman Krezmann's The Metaphysics of Theism: Aquinas's Natural Theology in Summa Contra Gentiles I. London: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (1995) Review of Alexander Broadie's Introduction to Medieval Logic. London: Reviews [Details]
Casey, g; (1995) Review of John Foster's The Immaterial Self. London: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (1995) Review of William Seager's The Metaphysics of Consciousness. London: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (1993) Review of T. H. Irwin's Aristotle's First Principles. London: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (1993) Review of David Carr's Educating the Virtues. London: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (1992) Review Article on Robert C. Neville's New Essays in Metaphysics. Washington: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (1990) Review of Theodore Mackin's The Marital Sacrament. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (1990) Review of Douglas N. Walton's Informal Logic. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (1984) Review of Michael S. Moore's Law and Psychiatry. Washington: Reviews [Details]
Casey, G; (1983) Review of Roman Ingarden's Man and Value. Washington: Reviews [Details]

Review Articles

Casey, G; (2004) Review Article on Tiziana Suarez-Nani's Connaisance et langage des anges & Les anges et la philosophie. Review Articles [Details]
Casey, G; (2000) Review Article on Gary Tomlinson's Metaphysical Song: An Essay on Opera. Washington: Review Articles [Details]


Research Interests

Current interests: Libertarianism/Philosophical Anarchism