Michael A. Gillespie

Michael A. Gillespie

Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information
204G Gross Hall, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4308


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1981

Gillespie, M. A. “Distorting Mirrors: Reflecting on Europe and America,.” In Europe and America in Translation, edited by Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, Markus Hunemorder, and Meike Zwingenberger. Winter Verlag, 2006.

Gillespie, M. A. “The Search for Immediacy and the Problem of the Political in Existentialism and Phenomenology,.” In The Blackwell Companion to Phenomenology, edited by Hubert Dreyfus and Mark Wrathall. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.

Gillespie, M. A. “Where Did All the Evils Go.” In Moral Judgment and the Problem of Evil, edited by Ruth Grant. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Gillespie, M. A. “Forward.” In The Mask of Enlightenment: Nietzsche’s Zarathustra (Stanley Rosen). New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Gillespie, M. A. “Nietzsche, Friedrich.” In The Encyclopedia of Protestantism, edited by Hans Hillerbrand. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Gillespie, M. A. “American Public Philosophy After the Cold War.” In Public Philosophy and Political Science: Crisis and Reflection. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2002.

Gillespie, M. A. “Liberal Education and the Idea of the West.” In The West and the Liberal Arts, edited by Ralph Hancock. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.

Gillespie, M. A. “Descartes and the Question of Toleration.” In Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration, edited by Alan Levine. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.

Gillespie, M. A. “Political Parties and the American Founding.” In American Political Parties and Constitutional Politics, edited by Peter Shramm and Bradford Wilson, 17–43. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1993.

Gillespie, M. A. “George Grant and the Tradition of Political Philosophy.” In By Loving Our Own: George Grant and the Legacy of the Lament for a Nation. Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1990.


Gillespie, M. “Beyond east and west: A Reply to Isaac.” Political Theory 23, no. 4 (January 1, 1995): 670–74. https://doi.org/10.1177/0090591795023004009. Full Text

Gillespie, Michael Allen. “Books in Review.” Political Theory 20, no. 1 (February 1992): 173–76. https://doi.org/10.1177/0090591792020001014. Full Text

Gillespie, M. A. “Liberal education and liberal democracy.” Academic Questions 3, no. 4 (September 1, 1990): 65–68. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02682904. Full Text

Gillespie, M. A. “Liberal Democracy and Liberal Education.” Academic Question 3, no. 4 (1990): 65–68.

Gillespie, M. A. “History and Temporality in the Thought of Heidegger.” Revue Internationale De Phiosophie 43 (1989): 33–51.

GILLESPIE, M. A. “TEMPORALITY AND HISTORY IN THE THOUGHT OF HEIDEGGER,MARTIN.” Revue Internationale De Philosophie 43, no. 168 (1989): 33–51.

Gillespie, M. A. “Heidegger's Nietzsche.” Political Theory 15, no. 3 (January 1, 1987): 424–35. https://doi.org/10.1177/0090591787015003009. Full Text

Gillespie, M. A. “Montaigne's Humanistic Liberalism.” Journal of Politics 47, no. 1 (February 1985): 40–59.

Gillespie, M. A. “Montaigne's Humanistic Liberalism.” The Journal of Politics 47, no. 1 (January 1, 1985): 140–59. https://doi.org/10.2307/2131069. Full Text