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 Gerst Program in Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies and the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions.
Director, Gerst Program in Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies
Co-Director, Duke Program in American Values and Institutions
Co-Convenor, Political Theory Group
Chair, University Athletic Council (2007-2010)
M.A. Gillespie and Lucas Perkins, The Dangerous Divide : Between Weak Thought and Practical Politics,",
in On Vattimo and Zabala's Hermeneutic Communism On Vattimo and Zabala’s Hermeneutic Communism, edited by Silvia Mazzini
(Accepted, 2013), Continuum Press .
M.A. Gillespie, Machiavelli's Modernity and the Christian Tradition,
in The Modern Turn
(Accepted, 2013), Catholic University Press .
M.A. Gillespie, Radical Philosophy and Political Theology,
in Religion and Modern European Thought,, edited by Graham Ward, George Pattison and Nicholas Adams
(Accepted, 2013), Oxford University Press .
M.A. Gillespie, The Anti-Trinitarian Origins of Liberalism,
in Boston University Series on Religion and Politics
(Accepted, 2013) .
M.A. Gillespie, In the Shadow of Modernity, vol. Orientale Lumen IV
(Accepted, 2013) .