Donald Bungum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Catholic Studies


Donald Bungum received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. While on a Marshall Scholarship, he received a Master of Studies in Theology (Science and Religion) and a Master of Studies in Philosophical Theology from the University of Oxford. Bungum completed a Ph.D. in philosophy from Saint Louis University in 2016.

His research interests are in epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. Currently, Bungum is working on two projects. The first focuses on the nature of epistemic authority, the role that epistemic authority plays in the formation of scientific knowledge, and the ways in which epistemic authority affects the skeptical significance of disagreement. The second focuses on how suffering transforms a person’s relationship with God.  His teaching interests include logic, philosophy of religion, medieval philosophy (especially the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas), and the relation between science and religion.

Bungum holds a joint appointment in the Catholic studies program at the University of Mary, and he oversees programming at the Catholic Studies House on campus. He enjoys helping students see how the Catholic faith relates to philosophy and has become incarnate in history, literature, music, and the fine arts.

2018. “Preemptionism and Epistemic Authority.” Quaestiones Disputatae 8, no. 2: 36-67.

2016. “Suffering and Charity in the Dark Night of the Soul.” Religious Studies 52, no. 2: 187-204.

2013. “Joint Attention, Union with God, and the Dark Night of the Soul.” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 5, no. 4: 287-210.