Gary Chartier is a coach, speaker, writer, philosopher, legal theorist, and teacher. He seeks to integrate insights from multiple disciplines in ways that will enrich individual lives and relationships and institutional practices.
Gary is Distinguished Professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean of the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of books including A Good Life in the Market (AIER 2019), Public Practice,
Private Law (Cambridge 2016), Anarchy and Legal Order (Cambridge 2013), The Logic of Commitment (Routledge 2018), An Ecological Theory of Free Expression (Palgrave 2018), and (with Chad Van Schoelandt) The Routledge Handbook of Anarchy and Anarchist Thought (Routledge 2020). His byline has appeared over forty times in journals including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Legal Theory, and Law and Philosophy. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association and the Alliance of the Libertarian Left and a senior fellow of the Center for a Stateless Society.
After qualifying for a BA in history and political science from La Sierra (1987, magna cum laude), he explored ethics, the philosophy of religion, theology, Christian origins, and political philosophy at the University of Cambridge, earning a PhD (1991) with a dissertation on the idea of friendship. He graduated with a JD (2001, Order of the Coif) from UCLA, where he studied legal philosophy and public law and received the Judge Jerry Pacht Memorial Award in Constitutional Law. The University of Cambridge presented him with an earned LLD in 2015 for his work in legal philosophy.
He is a proud Southern California native who wishes he had attended UC Sunnydale. His hobbies include film, long-arc television, genre fiction, spicy food, politics, writing, the exploration of unfamiliar haunts, human psychic and social dynamics, interminable conversation, and the esoteric, the quirky, and the arcane. His motto is E. M. Forster’s “Only connect.”