Born in Barcelona in 1958, Jaume Casals obtained a PhD in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 1984. His doctoral thesis, entitled La filosofia de Montaigne [The Philosophy of Montaigne] and directed by Victòria Camps, earned him a Special PhD Studies Award. In 1995, after lecturing at the UAB, he joined the teaching staff of UPF's Department of Humanities, where he has been professor of Philosophy since 2003.
A former member of the Barcelona Philosophy Association (1980-1990), he has directed the Barcelona Institute of Humanities and was a guest lecturer at Paris Diderot University (Paris 7) (1996). He has been joint editor-in-chief of the journal L'Avenç, as well as a contributor to and member of the editorial boards of a number of international scientific collections on Renaissance literature and philosophy. He is a senior fellow of the Philosophy and Social Sciences Section of the Institute of Catalan Studies, and has chaired the Consortium of University Libraries of Catalonia (CBUC) (2005-2009).
His philosophical output as an author is considerable, encompassing books, articles, chapters of collective works, and notes on the writings of distinguished classical, modern and contemporary philosophers. He has translated and edited works by Montaigne, Montesquieu, Berkeley and Bergson, among others. His most representative works include La filosofia de Montaigne (1986), L'experiment d'Aristòtil. Literatura d'una incursió en la metafísica [Aristotle's Experiment: Literature of an Incursion into Metaphysics] (1992), El pou de la paraula. Una història de la saviesa grega [The Well of Words: A History of Greek Wisdom] (1996) and, more recently, El aprendizaje de la muerte en la historia de las ideas [Learning from Death in the History of Ideas] (2010).
His main lines of research are the history of ancient and modern philosophy, the Greek genesis of contemporary rationality, the conflict between langue and parole, and, more recently, the genealogy of contemporary humanism. At UPF he has been vice-dean (1997-2000) and dean (2000-2001) of the Faculty of Humanities, vice-rector for Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies (2001-2005), vice-rector for Teaching Staff (2005-2009), and executive deputy chairman of the University's Continuing Education Institute (IDEC), as well as chairman of the Institute's Academic Council (2009-2013). Since April 2013, he is the rector of the UPF.