Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Program of Liberal Studies
B.A., B.S, Case Western Reserve University; M.A., Yale Divinity School; Ph.D., Yale University
Eric Bugyis is a philosopher of religion working at the intersection of Christian thought and radical politics. He is currently completing a book manuscript for SUNY Press entitled The Haunted Public Sphere: Habermas, Kant, and the Persistence of Religion, which is a Kantian critique of Jürgen Habermas’s account of the postsecular relevance of public religion. By examining Habermas’s engagement with the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, it argues that Habermas fails to understand the reasons for the persistence of religion in the public sphere because the postmetaphysical limits that he places on the public use of reason disallow the very questions that religion seeks to answer—questions that Kant, by contrast, saw as belonging to the nature of human reason itself.
Bugyis is currently working on two other projects. The first examines the influence of European anarchism and French personalism on the Catholic Worker Movement and seeks to develop a political philosophy that can speak to contemporary concerns about the increasingly precarious nature of work and the corresponding loss of labor-based forms of identity and community. The second is a systematic introduction to the radical theology of the influential Dominican priest and philosopher Herbert McCabe.
Bugyis has published essays and scholarly articles in Commonweal, Critical Research on Religion, and Reviews in Religion and Theology. He is a co-editor of and contributor to Desire, Faith, and the Darkness of God: Essays in Honor of Denys Turner (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015). Before assuming his current position, he taught religious studies for five years at the University of Washington Tacoma.
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