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
8 months 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

Billy Lauinger
Billy Lauinger
8 months 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