Research fellow, Ruhr Universität-Hegel Archives, Bochum, Germany, 1976
A.B. magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1973
Political Theory Political Institutions
Research Interests:Continental Political Philosophy, Humanism, Religion and Politics, German Idealism, Existentialism, American Political Thought
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.
Director, Duke Program in American Values and Institutions
Director, AB Duke Scholars Program
Director, Visions of Freedom Focus Program
Director, Duke in Oxford Program