Gerard Casey (philosopher)

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Gerard Casey

Gerard Casey (born 1951) was a member of the School of Philosophy in University College Dublin (Head from 2001–2006) until he retired in December 2015. He is now a Professor Emeritus of the University. He holds law degrees from the University of London and University College Dublin as well as a primary degree in philosophy from University College Cork, an MA and PhD from the University of Notre Dame and the higher doctorate, DLitt, from the National University of Ireland. He was formerly Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), 1983-1986 and Adjunct Professor at the Pontifical Institute in Washington D.C., 1984-86.[1] He is an Associated Scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.[2]


He was active in Irish politics in the 1990s and led the Christian Solidarity Party between 1993 and 1999. He now holds libertarian and (philosophically) anarchistic tendencies.[3][4][5][6] His philosophical interests include political philosophy (Libertarianism, Anarchism) and the philosophy of law. He appears from time to time on radio and TV on topical social and political issues. In 2009 he participated in a Radio Documentary where he swapped jobs with a chimney sweep for RTE Radio 1.[7]

His Murray Rothbard (Vol. 15 in the series Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers) was published by Continuum in 2010[8] and became available in paperback in August 2013. His Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State, was published by Continuum in July 2012 (UK) [September 2012 USA]. A history of political thought from the perspective of liberty, entitled Liberty's Progress?, is expected to appear in 2017.


  1. ^ Gerard Casey's UCD home page
  2. ^ Gerard Casey's Ludwig von Mises profile page
  3. ^ "Meddling in other men's affairs: the Case for Anarchy," Economic Affairs 27 (2007)4: pp. 46–51. [1]
  4. ^ “Where Does Law Come From?” Philosophical Inquiry, 32 (2010)3-4: pp. 85–92.
  5. ^ “Legal Polycentrism,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, 22 (2010)1: pp. 22–34.
  6. ^ “Constitutions of No Authority: Spoonerian Reflections,” Independent Review, 14 (2010)3: pp. 325–340.
  7. ^ The Sweep and the Philosopher Compiled by Joe Kearney,, 19 December 2009.
  8. ^ Casey, Gerard (2010). John Meadowcroft, ed. Murray Rothbard: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers. 15. London: The Continuum International Publishing Group, Inc.