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  1. Gerard Casey, An Explication of the de Hebdomadibus of Boethius in the Light of St Thomas's Commentary.
    The writings of Ancius Manlius Severinus Boethius exercised a powerful influence on the nature and development of mediaeval philosophy. The extent of his influence was such that I think it fair to say that anyone seeking more than a superficial grasp of mediaeval philosophy must acquire some first-hand knowledge of his work. The trouble is, however, that while The Consolation of Philosophy is well-known and much commented upon, Boethius’s other works are relatively neglected.1 Included in this latter group are the (...)
     
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  2. Gerard Casey, Are There Unenumerated Rights in the Irish Constitution?
    Sometimes, it is difficult to know what someone means. Sometimes, it merely appears to be difficult. Consider this masterpiece of philosophical hermeneutics from a P. G. Wodehouse short story: “Jeeves,” I said. “A rummy communication has arrived. From Mr. Glossop.” “Indeed, sir?” “I will read it to you. Handed in at Upper Bleaching. Message runs as follows: ‘When you come tomorrow, bring my football boots. Also, if humanly possible, Irish water-spaniel. Urgent. Regards. Tuppy.’.
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  3. Gerard Casey, Born Alive: The Legal Status of the Unborn Child in England and the U.S.A.
    On a charge of murder or manslaughter it must be shown that the person killed was one who was in being. It is neither murder nor manslaughter to kill an unborn child while still in its mother’s womb although it may be the statutory offences of child destruction or abortion. If however the child is born alive and afterwards dies by reason of an unlawful act done to it in the mother’s womb or in the process of birth, the person (...)
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  4. Gerard Casey, Hopkins: Poetry and Philosophy.
    I am going to begin, as all philosophers do, by going back to the ancient Greeks, and then taking a quick tour of the present day, before returning to the ancient Greeks again. Let us begin with the so-called quarrel between philosophy and poetry–what was the reason for this? Well, philosophy was invented at a particular point in time, and in relation to poetry, it was a newcomer. When philosophy was invented it found another intellectual enterprise already in possession of (...)
     
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  5. Gerard Casey, Immateriality and Intentionality.
    One cannot go far in the reading of St Thomas Aquinas and other medieval writers without coming across a multiplicity of usages of the Latin term for ‘being’ or ‘to be’, esse, such as esse intentionale, esse intelligibile, esse naturale, esse sensibile and so on.3 It is not always easy to appreciate the distinctions which these terms are intended to mark and if one is inclined to scepticism one might indeed suspect that these are distinctions without a difference. However, such (...)
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  6. Gerard Casey, Religion and Politics: The Case for Their Divorce.
    Since the heyday of the Enlightenment, there have been concerted efforts in many parts of the West to get religion out of politics, presumably on the grounds that religion is bad for politics. Whatever the merits of these efforts, and to whatever extent they may be justifiable, what has not, perhaps, been so widely considered is whether or not it might also be a good idea to separate religion from politics because politics is bad for religion! I argue that politics, (...)
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  7. Gerard Casey, Reengineering the Academy.
    In his excellent and stimulating paper1, Professor Rothblatt remarked “The irony of Newman’s perpetual reincarnation is that none of the structural or even conceptual features of the university as he knew and loved them has survived him, not even this university which may on an occasion such as this revere him as a spiritual ancestor.” [p. 1] What can one say to that remark except to admit its truth. However, that is not the only irony to be discovered. Despite the (...)
     
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  8. Gerard Casey, The Computational Metaphor and Cognitive Psychology.
    The past three decades have witnessed a remarkable growth of research interest in the mind. This trend has been acclaimed as the ‘cognitive revolution’ in psychology. At the heart of this revolution lies the claim that the mind is a computational system. The purpose of this paper is both to elucidate this claim and to evaluate its implications for cognitive psychology. The nature and scope of cognitive psychology and cognitive science are outlined, the principal assumptions underlying the information processing approach (...)
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  9. Gerard N. Casey (forthcoming). Reply to Professor Thomas Anderson. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly.
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  10. Keith Breen, Frank Canavan, Gerard Casey, Heike Felzmann, Thomas Gil, Karsten Harries, Richard Hull, Sebastian Lalla, Elizabeth Langhorne, Thomas Nisters, Felix O'Murchadha & Fran O'Rourke (2012). Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse, and Argument. Lexington Books.
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  11. Gerard Casey (2011). Can You Own Yourself? Analysis and Metaphysics 10:60-66.
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  12. Gerard Casey (2011). John Locke. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (4):591-596.
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  13. Gerard Casey (2011). Law and Justice in Community. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19 (1):127-132.
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  14. Gerard Casey (2010). An Elementary Grammar of Rights and the Law. Analysis and Metaphysics 9:9-18.
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  15. Gerard Casey (2010). Reflections on Legal Polycentrism. Journal of Libertarian Studies 22:22-34.
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  16. Gerard Casey (2010). Where Does Law Come From? Philosophical Inquiry 32 (3-4):85-92.
    Law, like language, is the product of social evolution, embodied in custom. The conditions for the emergence of law—embodiment, scarcity, rationality, relatedness and plurality—are outlined, and the context for the emergence of law—dispute resolution—is analysed. Adjudication procedures, rules and enforcementmechanisms, the elements of law, emerge from this context. The characteristics of such a customarily evolved law are its severely limited scope, its negativity, andits horizontality. It is suggested that a legal system (or legal systems) based on the principles of archaic (...)
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  17. Gerard Casey (2009). “One Very Simple Principle”. Philosophy Now 76:10-11.
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  18. Gerard Casey (2009). "Which is to Be Master?"-The Indefensibility of Political Representation. Philosophical Inquiry 31 (3-4):1-10.
    Government, the systematic exercise of command by some over others backed by the allegedly legitimate use of violence, requires justification. All government is predicated upon a distinction between rulers and ruled. Who should occupy the position of ruler and who the position of the ruled is a perennial problem. In thecontemporary world, representative democracy is the only plausible contender for the role of justified government. The key to the justification and popularacceptance of democracy as a (or the) legitimate form of (...)
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  19. Gerard Casey (2008). Medieval Philosophy: An Historical and Philosophical Introduction - by John Marenbon. Philosophical Books 49 (3):251-253.
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  20. Gerard Casey, Deirdre Carabine, Attracta Ingram, Aidan Moran, M. V. Rainwater, Alan P. F. Sell, Ciaran McGlynn & Patrick Gorevan (2008). Books Briefly Noted. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 1 (1):163-171.
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  21. Gerard Casey (2006). Foundations of Moral Selfhood. Review of Metaphysics 59 (4):877-878.
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  22. Gerard Casey (2004). Les Anges Et la Philosophie. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 78 (4):688-692.
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  23. Gerard Casey (2003). Ethics and Human Nature. Collection Development Bundle 77 (4):521-533.
    Not so long ago, if you wanted to start a barroom brawl at a philosophy conference all you had to do was to make the claim that a defensible ethical or political theory is necessarily constrained by some theory of human nature or other. Underlying the unease that some philosophers felt with any such claim was perhaps the belief that to allow such a claim would necessarily justify oppression or discrimination or deny human responsibility, meaning or purpose.1 Making such a (...)
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  24. Gerard Casey (2001). Posner, Richard A. The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory. Review of Metaphysics 54 (3):676-678.
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  25. Gerard Casey (2000). Tomlinson, Gary. Metaphysical Song: An Essay on Opera. Review of Metaphysics 54 (1):174-176.
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  26. Gerard Casey (2000). Whittington, Keith E. Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent, and Judicial Review. Review of Metaphysics 54 (1):179-180.
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  27. Gerard Casey (1995). Reply to Professor Anderson. Collection Development Bundle 69 (4):621-622.
    Before I come to Professor Anderson’s objections to the argument in question, I should like to clarify just a few points. The argument that I presented is taken immediately from Mortimer Adler’s presentation of it, so let us call it ‘Adler’s Argument,’ though in fact its origins go all the way back to Aristotle. My reading of Adler’s presentation of the argument was that he gave it in two different forms, one categorical, the other hypothetical. Both forms of the argument, (...)
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  28. Gerard Casey, Dermot Moran, Manuel de Pinedo, Gary Elkins & Rom Harr (1995). Books Briefly Noted. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 3 (1):217 – 224.
    Educating the Virtues David Carr Routledge, 1991. Pp. 304. ISBN 0?415?05746?9. £35. The Philosophical Theology of St Thomas Aquinas By Leo J. Elders E. J. Brill, 1990. Pp. 332. ISBN 0?04?09156?4. $74.36. The State and Justice: An Essay in Political Theory By Milton Fisk Cambridge University Press, 1990. Pp. x + 391. ISBN 0?521?38966?6. £10.95 pbk. Perspectives on Language and Thought: Interrelations in Development Edited by S. A. Gelman and J. P. Byrnes Cambridge University Press, 1992. Pp. xii + 524. (...)
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  29. Gerard Casey (1992). Minds and Machines. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 66 (1):57-80.
    The emergence of electronic computers in the last thirty years has given rise to many interesting questions. Many of these questions are technical, relating to a machine’s ability to perform complex operations in a variety of circumstances. While some of these questions are not without philosophical interest, the one question which above all others has stimulated philosophical interest is explicitly non-technical and it can be expressed crudely as follows: Can a machine be said to think and, if so, in what (...)
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  30. Gerard Casey (1992). Wittgenstein. Philosophical Studies 33:107-111.
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  31. Gerard Casey (1991). Wittgenstein: World, Reality and States of Affairs. Philosophical Studies 33:107-111.
  32. Gerard Casey (1989). Angelic Interiority. Irish Philosophical Journal 6 (1):82-118.
    Howard Kainz, in his monograph ‘Active and Passive Potency’ in Thomistic Angelology, remarks that angelology is of some importance in Thomistic philosophy for bringing to a head what he calls ‘certain problematics’ arising from Thomistic presuppositions.1 An example of just such a problematic, in the form of an apparent inconsistency, is stated in the following extended passage.
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  33. Gerard Casey (1988). A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility. Philosophical Studies 32:274-283.
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  34. Gerard Casey (1988). Artificial Intelligence and Wittgenstein. Philosophical Studies 32:156-175.
    The association of Wittgenstein’s name with the notion of artificial intelligence is bound to cause some surprise both to Wittgensteinians and to people interested in artificial intelligence. After all, Wittgenstein died in 1951 and the term artificial intelligence didn’t come into use until 1956 so that it seems unlikely that one could have anything to do with the other. However, establishing a connection between Wittgenstein and artificial intelligence is not as insuperable a problem as it might appear at first glance. (...)
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  35. Gerard Casey (1988). Informal Logic. Philosophical Studies 32:379-380.
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  36. Gerard Casey (1987). A Problem of Unity in St. Thomas’s Account of Human Action. New Scholasticism 61 (2):146-161.
    In his many and varied writings, St Thomas presents us with both a sophisticated account of human action and a complicated moral theory. In this article, I shall be considering the question of whether St Thomas’s theory of action and his moral theory are mutually consistent. My claim shall be that St Thomas can preserve the ontological unity of human action—but only at the cost of rendering it extremely difficult to evaluate in a manner consistent with his moral theory, or, (...)
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  37. Gerard Casey (1986). Law and Psychiatry. Review of Metaphysics 39 (3):576-577.
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  38. Gerard Casey (1984). Man and Value. Review of Metaphysics 38 (2):391-394.
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