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Michael A. Gillespie, Professor and Bass Fellow

Michael A. Gillespie
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Office Location:  204G Gross Hall, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  +1 919 660 4300
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Web Page:   https://duke.box.com/s/jm17qvs77f052z1ymcoitd4igqmew1ek

Teaching (Fall 2024):

  • HOUSECS 59.20, HOUSE COURSE (SP TOP) Synopsis
    Social Sciences 105, Tu 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
    Perkins 088, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Office Hours:

By appointment.

Ph.D., The 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, M, “The Knots of Experience,”, in Experience – Implikationen für Mensch, Gesellschaft und Politik. Festschrift für Wolfgang Leidhold, (2021), :Königshausen & Neumann, .
  2. Folch, C, Debt, in HYDROPOLITICS: THE ITAIPU DAM, SOVEREIGNTY, AND THE ENGINEERING OF MODERN SOUTH AMERICA (2019), pp. 128-156, Indiana University Press .
  3. Allen Gillespie, M, On Debt and Redemption: Friedrich Nietzsche's Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence, Journal of Religious Ethics, vol. 46 no. 2 (June, 2018), pp. 267-287, WILEY [doi]  [abs].
  4. Gillespie, MA, Beyond the Island of Truth: Hegel and the Shipwreck of Science, in MASTERY OF NATURE: PROMISES AND PROSPECTS (2018), pp. 171-182 .
  5. Gillespie, MA, Radical Hopes: Apocalyptic Longing in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, APOCALYPTIC COMPLEX (2018), pp. 181-201 .

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