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Michael A. Gillespie, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Bass Fellow of Political Science    editMichael A. Gillespie

Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, works in political philosophy, with particular emphasis on modern continental theory and the history of political philosophy. He is the author of Hegel, Heidegger and the Ground of History, Nihilism before Nietzsche, and The Theological Origins of Modernity. He is also co-editor of Nietzsche's New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Politics, Ratifying the Constitution, and Homo Politicus, Homo Economicus. He has published articles on Montaigne, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Existentialism, and various topics in American political thought and public philosophy, as well as on the relation of religion and politics. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Templeton Foundation, the Liberty Fund, the Jack Miller Foundation, the Smith Foundation, and the Earhart Foundation. He is the Director of the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions, the AB Duke Scholars Program, the Duke in Oxford Program, and the Visions of Freedom Focus Program.

Office Location: 204G Gross Hall, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-4308
Fax:  (919) 660-4330
Email Address: send me a message

Education:
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1981
Research fellow, Ruhr Universität-Hegel Archives, Bochum, Germany, 1976
A.B. magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1973

Specialties:
Political Philosophy
Continental Philosophy

Research Interests:
Michael Gillespie (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is the author of Hegel, Heidegger and the Ground of History, Nihilism before Nietzsche. and The Theological Origins of Modernity. He is also co-editor of Nietzsche's New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Politics, Ratifying the Constitution, and Homo Politicus, Homo Economicus.. He has published articles on Montaigne, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and various topics in American political thought, as well as on the relation of religion and politics. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Templeton Foundation, the Liberty Fund, the Earhart Foundation, the Smith Foundation, and The Jack Miller Center. He is the Director of the Gerst Program in Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies, and the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions.

Areas of Interest:
Political Philosophy, 
Modern Continental Philosophy, 
History of Political Philosophy

Teaching (Spring 2016):
  • POLSCI 789.01, Wrkshp normative pol theory ii Synopsis
    SEE INSTRU, W 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • POLSCI 890-1.01, Political theory Synopsis
    LSRC B105, Th 01:25 PM-03:30 PM

Teaching (Fall 2016):

  • HOUSECS 59.06, House course (sp top) Synopsis
    Keohane 4D 201 SEM, M 08:00 PM-09:15 PM
  • POLSCI 175FS.01, Freedom and responsibility Synopsis
    Friedl Bdg 216, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • FOCUS 195FS.09, Special topics in focus Synopsis
    SEE INSTRU, Th 06:00 PM-07:30 PM
  • POLSCI 890-1.01, Political theory Synopsis
    LSRC B105, M 01:40 PM-04:00 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  • MA Gillespie. "Nihilism After Nietzsche." Bollettino Filosofico Nihilism and Modernity. Rethinking Moder (May, 2015).
  • MA Gillespie. "Socinianism and the Political Theology of Liberalism." manualOxford Handbook of Political Theology. Ed. M Kessler and S Casey. Oxford University Press, (May, 2015) 2015. 
  • MA Gillespie. "The Problems of Modernity and the Possibilities of Human Thriving." Perspectives Libres 12.Sept (May, 2015).
  • MA Gillespie. "Nietzsche's Final Teaching." manual University of Chicago Press, (May, 2015)
  • MA Gillespie and J Harpham. "Life and Thought: The Structure of Montaigne's Essays and the Idea of the Self." manual (May, 2015).

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