Remembering in a Time of Forgetting
The 2019 Ramon Reyes Memorial Lectures
Stories, Estorya, Counter-History:
The Moral Thinker and the Crises of Deliberate Forgetting
Ramon Castillo Reyes was one of the greats. I was fortunate, as a philosophy major in the 1980s, to take his courses in the history of philosophy as well as in ethics. I must admit that, like Fr Reilly’s class in epistemology or Fr Green’s on language, Dr Reyes’ classes provoked me into poetry, not philosophy. I remember writing a poem prompted by Dr. Reyes’ impressions of an old folks’ home in Belgium; Father Reilly caused a poem I wrote in his class to be published in America magazine. So when I received the unexpected invitation to celebrate the memory of Dr. Reyes in the company of the peerless Doc Leo Garcia and the brilliant Ron Mendoza, a spasm, perhaps it was a metaphysical unease, seized me.
How can I pay this remarkable teacher and influential philosopher due honor and just tribute? Continue reading