The role of philosophy in politics

This is the second excerpt from my Ramon C. Reyes lecture. In this column, invoking the thinking of philosopher Ramon C. Reyes, I reflect on how philosophy can play a good role in addressing political issues. After the  1983 assassination of Ninoy Aquino, with the the country in turmoil. Doc Reyes did not hesitate to …

The legacy of Ramon Castillo Reyes

Last February 7, 2018, I had the honor, with Professor Randy David, of delivering the Ramon C. Reyes memorial lecture. The topic we were given was the relationship between truth and politics. In this and subsequent columns, I share excerpts from my lecture, entitled “Listening through philosophy: an ethical lens for the discourse on truth …

Gifts of three wise men

Last weekend to celebrate the feast of the Magi, the coming to Bethlehem of the three kings/wise men to attend to the birth of Jesus Christ, I decided to treat myself and find peace by rereading books written by three of my philosophy professors, all Jesuit priests, at the Ateneo de Manila. Two of them …

Excerpts from Padre Roque’s ‘Glimpses’

In my last column, I recommended to my readers for themselves and for gift-giving in the coming holiday season Jesuit philosopher and priest Roque Ferriols’ “Glimpses  into my beginnings”, published by the Ateneo University Press and edited by Dr. Leovino Garcia. In this column, I share excerpts from the book, including in a couple of …

Padre Roque’s wise and holy life

If you are looking for a meaningful gift to give to friends and loved ones this Christmas, I recommend a wonderful book by Fr. Roque Ferriols SJ—“Glimpses into my beginnings.” The original version of this autobiographical book, published by the Ateneo University Press, is in Filipino and entitled “Sulyap sa aking pinanggalingan,” with the English …

Aquino, Murad, and Levinas

The great thing about being trained in philosophy is it has equipped me with conceptual frameworks that help me quickly understand complex events, especially those that may seem naïve or foolish but are actually profoundly groundbreaking and game-changing. This was my experience last Friday when I first heard (read actually – as I saw it …