Adam Eitel is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Theology Department. His research and teaching interests include the history of Western Christian thought-especially medieval Christian theology--as well as contemporary social ethics and criticism, and modern religious thought.
His dissertation, "Aquinas and the Reasons of Love: Beatitudo, Amor, and Amicitia in the Summa of Theology," advances a new reading of Aquinas's notions of happiness and the several varieties of love that it requires. Paying special attention to the account of human agency these exegetical efforts uncover, the project proposes a series of doxographic revisions vis-a-vis the Summa's relations with its ancient sources and modern interpreters.
Adam's work has been supported by several competitive grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Course Grant from the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame. He has presented his research at the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies. His recent and forthcoming publications include articles on Aquinas's theological critique and appropriation of ancient rhetoric, Catherine of Siena's doctrine of the atonement, and the United States' use of drone strikes in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Region.