Gerard Casey (philosopher)

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Gerard N. Casey
Gerard Casey Black & White Portrait.jpg
Alma materUniversity College Dublin, University of London
Notable work
Freedom's Progress?: A History of Political Thought
InstitutionsUniversity College Dublin, Catholic University of America
Main interests

Gerard Casey (born 1951) is an Irish academic who is Professor Emeritus at University College Dublin.


He holds law degrees from the University of London and UCD 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 was a member of the School of Philosophy in University College Dublin (UCD) (Head from 2001–2006) from 1986 until he retired in December 2015. He is a Fellow of Mises UK and an Associated Scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. He has also been a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the American Philosophical Association and The Aristotelian Society.[2]

Activism and authorship[edit]

Appearing with Fay Weldon on British television discussion programme After Dark in 1997

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 views.[3][4][5][6] His philosophical interests include political philosophy (anarcho-capitalism) and the philosophy of law. He has appeared from time to time on radio and TV on topical social and political issues. He describes himself as a Catholic in religion, a social conservative and politically a libertarian.

Murray Rothbard (Vol. 15 in the series Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers) was published by Continuum in 2010[7] and became available in paperback in August 2013. Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State, was published by Continuum in July 2012 (UK) [September 2012 USA]. A comprehensive history of political thought from the perspective of liberty, Freedom's Progress?, was published by Imprint Academic in September 2017.[8][9][10] His most recent book, ZAP: Free Speech and Tolerance in the light of the Zero Aggression Principle, is about to be published on 1st October 2019.[11][12][13]


  • Born Alive: The Legal Status of the Unborn Child (Barry Rose, 2005) ISBN 1 902681 46 0
  • Murray Rothbard (Continuum, 2010) Vol. 15 in the series Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers ISBN 978-1441100795
  • Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State (Continuum, 2012) ISBN 978-1441144676
  • Freedom's Progress?: A History of Political Thought (Imprint Academic, 2017) ISBN 978-1845409425
  • ZAP: Free Speech and Tolerance in the light of the Zero Aggression Principle. (Imprint Academic, 2019)


  1. ^ "Gerard Casey's UCD home page".
  2. ^ "Gerard N. Casey". Mises Institute. June 20, 2014.
  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. ^ Casey, Gerard (2010). John Meadowcroft, ed. Murray Rothbard: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers. 15. London: The Continuum International Publishing Group, Inc.
  8. ^ "Freedom's Progress? - Imprint Academic".
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  10. ^ "Freedom's Progress? : Gerard Casey : 9781845409425".
  11. ^ "ZAP - Imprint Academic".
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