John “Jay” Reuscher (1930-2020)


John Alfred Reuscher, known to many as Jay Reuscher, professor emeritus of philosophy at Georgetown University, died last month owing to complications from COVID-19.

Professor Reuscher was known for his work on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. You can browse some of his writings here.

After completing his PhD at Fordham, Professor Reuscher came to Georgetown in 1969. He retired in 2011. He had been a Jesuit priest before his entry into philosophy, but left the religious order in 1971.

An obituary for Professor Reuscher has been posted at the Georgetown University Department of Philosophy website. In it, he is remembered fondly by colleagues. Fellow philosophy professor Terry Pinkard says, “Jay’s commitment to the life of the mind and to the teaching mission of the university was an inspiration.”

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Heath White
Heath White
1 year ago

Very sorry to hear this. I had one seminar with him, which confirmed my inaptitude for Kant studies. But Jay was a scholar and a gentleman, and I’m sorry he’s gone.Report

Nora Minahan
Nora Minahan
Reply to  Heath White
12 days ago

Thank you so much for the lovely post about my Uncle Jay! I just stumbled upon this site, and I find it touching that you cared enough to share. He most certainly was a gentleman and a scholar!
Many thanks! Blessings to you!
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Billy Lauinger
Billy Lauinger
1 year ago

I am also sorry to hear this. Around 2004, I was a TA for Jay Reuscher for a large intro to philosophy class on Aristotle, Aquinas, and Kant (metaphysics and epistemology, not ethics). He was a nice person and a good lecturer, and his genuine love for the history of philosophy always came through. I sometimes use ideas related to teaching Aristotle, Aquinas, and Kant that I learned from him. He had a knack for making complicated ideas simple enough for college students to follow.Report

Nora Minahan
Nora Minahan
Reply to  Billy Lauinger
12 days ago

Thank you so very much for this post about my Uncle Jay! I just stumbled upon this site, and I find your thoughts to be so touching. He had such a love for philosophy and for teaching. His career at GU gave him such happiness. Thank you for shining a light on his talents!
He was so very special to us, and my goodness, we miss him!
Blessings to you!
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