Michael A. Gillespie
  • Michael A. Gillespie

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • 204G Gross Hall, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90204
  • Phone: (919) 660-4308
  • Fax: (919) 660-4330
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    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.
  • Specialties

    • Political Philosophy
    • Continental Philosophy
  • Areas of Interest

    Political Philosophy, 
    Modern Continental Philosophy, 
    History of Political Philosophy
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1981
      • Research fellow,
      • Ruhr Universität-Hegel Archives, Bochum, Germany,
      • 1976
      • A.B. magna cum laude,
      • Philosophy and Government,
      • Harvard University,
      • 1973
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Phi Beta Kappa-Honorary,
      • Unknown,
      • May, 2010
      • Fellow,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • September, 2004-2005
      • Bass Society of Fellows,
      • Duke University,
      • April 2003
      • Leo Strauss Award,
      • American Political Science Association,
      • 1982
      • Earhart Fellowship,
      • 1975-1976
      • Hawley Scholar,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1974-1975
  • Recent Publications

      • MA Gillespie.
      • "Nihilism After Nietzsche."
      • Bollettino Filosofico
      • (2015)
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      • MA Gillespie.
      • "Socinianism and the Political Theology of Liberalism."
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      • Oxford Handbook of Political Theology.
      • Ed. M Kessler and S Casey.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • (2015)
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      • MA Gillespie.
      • "The Problems of Modernity and the Possibilities of Human Thriving."
      • Perspectives Libres
      • 12
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      • (2015)
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      • MA Gillespie.
      • "Nietzsche's Final Teaching."
      • manual
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      • University of Chicago Press,
      • (2015)
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      • MA Gillespie and J Harpham.
      • "Life and Thought: The Structure of Montaigne's Essays and the Idea of the Self."
      • manual
      • (2015)
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  • Postdoctoral Students

    • Nora Hanagan
      • August 2012-June 2016
    • James Patterson
      • Aug. 2012-June 2013
    • Alex Schulman
      • August 2011-June 2013
    • Nicolaus Troester
      • Aug. 2011-June 2012
    • Randall Hendrickson
      • Aug. 2010- June 2012
    • Michael Faber
      • 2009-2011
  • PhD Students

    • Jonathan Schwarz
    • Matthew Cole
    • Aaron Roberts
    • Darren Beattie