Michael Gillespie (Duke University): “The Anti-Trinitarian Sources of Liberalism”

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November 9th, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 5:00 p.m., Boston University, Boston University School of Law, Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Ave., First Floor

Supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.

Moderator: John Berthrong (School of Theology, Boston University)

In this paper, Gillespie builds on his argument in The Theological Origins of Modernity, arguing that liberalism is not only not irreligious but is founded on an Antitrinitarian interpretation of scripture developed first by Michael Servetus and then developed in Transylvania and Poland before being carried by refugees from religious persecution to Holland, Britain, and America where it came to serve as the backbone of liberal thought.

Michael Gillespie (PhD, University of Chicago) is the Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Political Science at Duke University, and the author of The Theological Origins of Modernity. He is also co-editor of Nietzsche’s New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Politics, and Ratifying the Constitution, and has published articles on Montaigne, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and various topics in American political thought, as well as on the relation of religion and politics. He is currently completing a book entitled Nietzsche’s Final Teaching. Professor Gillespie is the Director of the Gerst Program in Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Templeton Foundation, the Liberty Fund, and the Earhart Foundation. This event is free and open to the public.

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