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Michael McGillen

Michael McGillenMichael McGillen is a Lecturer in German Studies and a Visiting Scholar at the Leslie Center for the Humanities. He completed his doctoral studies at Princeton with a dissertation on Eschatology and the Reinvention of History: Theological Interventions in German Modernism, 1920–1938. His general research focuses on German intellectual history, literature, and theory in the 19th and 20th centuries and addresses problems at the boundaries of philosophy, religion, and aesthetics. His philosophical interlocutors range from Kant and Hegel, to Nietzsche, Benjamin, and Heidegger, to Adorno and Blumenberg, while his literary interests include the writings of Hölderlin, George, Kafka, Musil, Celan, and Johnson. In addition to his work on Jewish and Protestant thought in the context of "Religion and Modernism," his current research explores the intersections of philosophical investigations and literary practices of metaphor in the 20th century, seeking to understand how the minimalist use of metaphor in modernist literature might have implications for philosophical epistemologies. He has been awarded a Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship, as well as research grants from the DAAD for study at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin (2009–2010) and at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (2005–2006). He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 2004.

Last Updated: 7/1/14