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

Michael A. Gillespie
Contact Info:
Office Location:  204G Gross Hall, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4308
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Teaching (Spring 2017):

  • POLSCI 581S.01, HEIDEGGER Synopsis
    Gross Hall 111, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    SEE INSTRU, W 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Office Hours:

Monday 3-4 pm or by Appt.

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1981
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
Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Gillespie, MA, Degradation (January, 2014), The Chronicle of Higher Education .
  2. Gillespie, MA, Question for Fuller, First Things no. April (2014) .
  3. Gillespie, MA, The Anti-Trinitarian Origins of Liberalism, in Boston University Series on Religion and Politics (Accepted, 2014) .
  4. Gillespie, MA, Machiavelli’s Modernity and the Christian Tradition, in The Modern Turn (Accepted, 2014), Catholic University Press .
  5. Gillespie, MA, In the Shadow of Modernity, vol. Orientale Lumen IV (Accepted, 2014) .

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