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Michael A. Gillespie CV

Professor of Political Science
Political Science
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
204G Gross Hall, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours By appointment.  


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.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Political Science · 1995 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Philosophy · 2017 - Present Philosophy, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Bass Fellow · 2008 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

The University of Chicago · 1981 Ph.D.