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. “Masschusetts: Creating Consensus.” In Ratifying the Constitution, edited by Michael Allen Gillespie and Michael Lienesch. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1989.

Gillespie, M. A. “Death and Desire: War and Bourgoisification in the Thought of Hegel.” In Understanding the Political Spirit, edited by Catherine Zuckert. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

Gillespie, M. A., and Michael Lienesch. “Religion and the Resurgence of Conservatism.” In The Resurgence of Conservatism in Anglo-American Democracies, edited by Barry Cooper, William Mishler, and Allan Kornberg. Durham: Duke University Press, 1988.

Gillespie, M. A. “Nietzsche’s Musical Politics.” In Nietzsche’s New Seas, edited by Michael Allen Gillespie and Tracy B. Strong. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Gillespie, M. A. “Martin Heidegger.” In The History of Political Philosophy, edited by Leo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Gillespie, M. A. “Hermeneutic Communism.” edited by S. Mazzini. New York: Continuum Press, n.d.

Gillespie, M. A. “Nietzsche's Final Teaching.” University of Chicago Press, n.d.

Gillespie, M. A. “Socinianism and the Political Theology of Liberalism.” In Oxford Handbook of Political Theology, edited by M. Kessler and S. Casey. Oxford: Oxford University Press, n.d.


GILLESPIE, M. A. “HEIDEGGER 'BEING AND TIME' AND THE POSSIBILITY OF POLITICAL-PHILOSOPHY - BLITZ,M.” Interpretation a Journal of Political Philosophy 11, no. 3 (1983): 399–400.

Gillespie, M. A. “The Problems of Modernity and the Possibilities of Human Thriving.” Perspectives Libres 12, no. Sept (n.d.).

Gillespie, M. A. “Nihilism After Nietzsche.” Bollettino Filosofico, no. Nihilism and Modernity. Rethinking Modern Tragicalness (n.d.).