Undergraduate Research Coordinator
Eric Bugyis is the coordinator of undergraduate research at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Program of Liberal Studies at Notre Dame. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Yale University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 2003 as well as a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School in 2006.
Eric's research focuses on the intersection of modern theology and political theory, particularly with respect to contemporary representations of "the secular" and "the religious." His current project, entitled "Postmetaphysical Madness: A Critique of the Postsecular Return to Religion in the Thought of Jürgen Habermas," is an intervention into contemporary debates concerning the so-called “return of religion” in modernity with a particular focus on Jürgen Habermas’ recently articulated theory of religion. After critiquing Habermas, Eric argues that a creative re-reading of Immanuel Kant as a robust metaphysical theologian in an aesthetic key provides the necessary conceptual resources for a more adequate assessment of the epistemic status of contemporary theo-political truth claims. He is also working on two other projects, which grew out of this research. The first is on the place of God in the political philosophies of Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt, tentatively titled "Searching for G*d in Modernity: Two Answers to the Problem of Postsecularism," and the second is an Augustinian interpretation of Kant as a sacramental and political theologian, tentatively titled "The 'Hidden Art' of Hope: Kantian Politics and the Aesthetic Validity of Religion." He is also planning to write a book on the life and thought of the English Dominican philosopher and theologian Herbert McCabe.
In 2010, Eric was an inaugural graduate fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, and he has taught in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology as well as the Program of Liberal Studies. He is co-editor with David Newheiser of a collection of essays entitled "Desire, Faith, and the Darkness of God" forthcoming from the University of Notre Dame Press. He has presented papers at a number of academic conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, and he is a contributor to Commonweal Magazine as well as the academic journal Reviews in Religion and Theology.