Dr Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan is a Reader in Education

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Chris Ryan

Christopher Ryan graduated from King's College, Cambridge with a Double First BA 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. During his PhD he supervised papers in Philosophy and Theology, and then worked as an A-Level Lecturer in Philosophy and Psychology. He has been at London Met since February 2010.
Research interests in Philosophy of Education; Philosophy of Religion; Classical Indian Philosophy (esp. Buddhism) and Chinese Philosophy (esp. Daoism); Plato; Schopenhauer.

Christopher teaches a range of modules on the Education BA, in Philosophy of Education, Psychology of Education, Sociology of Education and Social Justice 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, pp.363-379.

Member of Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft.

Dialogue with Professors Christine Battersby and Christopher Janaway to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation on 3rd May 2019 at LSE, hosted by the Forum for Philosophy.

Invited by the magazine Philosophy Now to contribute an article on Schopenhauer's Epistemology and Metaphysics to Issue 134 (October / November 2019),

Dr Christopher Ryan
Reader in Education
School of Social Professions