Chris Ryan

Christopher Ryan graduated from King's College, Cambridge with First Class Honours in Theology and Religious Studies, then moved to Warwick where he obtained an MA in Philosophy (with distinction), then back to Cambridge for his PhD on Schopenhauer's Philosophy of Religion. He also has a PGCE in Secondary Religious Education from the University of Roehampton.

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Chris Ryan

Christopher has interests in philosophy of religion and philosophy of education. He is especially interested in the function and purpose of religious education in secular societies.

He teaches the philosophy of education, religion and education and psychology of education.


Ryan, C. & Hedley, D. (2009), “Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction”, in G. Oppy and N. Trakakis (eds.), A History of Western Philosophy of Religion vol. IV, Chesham: Acumen Publishing Ltd, 2009, pp.1-19.
Ryan, C., Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Religion: the Death of God and the Oriental Renaissance, Leuven: Peeters Publishing, 2010, pp.xi-249.
Ryan, C., “Schopenhauer on idealism, Indian and European”, Philosophy East and West, 65:3 (January 2015), pp.18-35.
Ryan, C., “Schopenhauer”, in P. Goodchild and H. Phelps (eds.), Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to Žižek, London: Routledge, 2017, pp.60-73.
Ryan, C., “Schopenhauer and Gotama on Life’s Suffering”, in S. Shapshay (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Schopenhauer, London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018, pp.373-394.
Ryan, C., "Poodle as Representation, Rottweiler as Will", Philosophy Now, October / November 2019, pp.6-8.
Ryan, C., “Schopenhauer and the Diamond-Sūtra”, in R. Wicks (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020 (forthcoming).

Christopher Ryan has spoken on Schopenhauer's philosophy at international conferences in Southampton and Ghent.

He took part in a dialogue on Schopenhauer's philosophy with Professors Christine Battersby (Warwick University) and Christopher Janaway (University of Southampton). The conference was heald on 3 May 2019 and was organised by the Forum for European Philosophy in conjunction with the Society of European Philosophy. Listen to the podcast

Dr Christopher Ryan
Senior Lecturer in Education
School of Social Professions