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Michael A. Gillespie, Bass Fellow of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy    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, The Theological Origins of Modernity, and Nietzsche's Final Teaching. 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 is currently completing a sequel to Theological Origins of Modernity, tentatively titled the Theological Fate of Modernity.  He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Department of Education, 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, and the Visions of Freedom Focus Program.

Office Location: 204G Gross Hall, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-4300
Fax:  (919) 660-4330
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page: https://duke.box.com/s/jm17qvs77f052z1ymcoitd4igqmew1ek

Office Hours:
By appointment.

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

Specialties:
Political Philosophy
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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 (Fall 2022):
  • HOUSECS 59.20, House course (sp top) Synopsis
    Social Sciences 119, M 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
  • POLSCI 175FS.01, Freedom and responsibility Synopsis
    Gross Hall 111, MW 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
  • FOCUS 195FS.16, Special topics in focus Synopsis
    TBA, Th 06:00 PM-07:30 PM
  • POLSCI 890-1.01, Political theory Synopsis
    LSRC B102, F 07:00 PM-09:30 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  • Gillespie, MA. "The Theological Origins and Underpinning of the Longing for Total Revolution." Critical Review 33.2 (January, 2021): 157-170. [doi]  [abs]
  • Gillespie, M. "“The Knots of Experience,”." Experience – Implikationen für Mensch, Gesellschaft und Politik. Festschrift für Wolfgang Leidhold,. Königshausen & Neumann, 2021. 
  • Allen Gillespie, M. "On Debt and Redemption: Friedrich Nietzsche's Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence." Journal of Religious Ethics 46.2 (June, 2018): 267-287. [doi]  [abs]
  • Gillespie, MA. "On Nietzsche's final teaching: A response to my critics." Interpretation (United States) 44.3 (March, 2018): 439-446.
  • Gillespie, MA. "The Question of the Examined Life." The Review of Politics 80.2 (March, 2018): 223-233. [doi]  [abs]

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