Ryan Coyne

Assistant Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Theology; also in the College


MA, PhD (University of Chicago)

Ryan Coyne studies the relationship between modern European philosophy and the history of Christian theology.  His research thus far has focused on the history of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction.  His first book, Heidegger’s Confessions: The Remains of Saint Augustine in Being and Time and Beyond (University of Chicago Press, 2015) examines the shifting roles assigned to religion, and to Augustine of Hippo more specifically, in Martin Heidegger’s early, middle, and later works. Coyne is currently completing a second book tentatively entitled A Spectacle for the Gods: Nietzsche and the Question of Faith. In it, he analyzes Friedrich Nietzsche’s struggle to redefine faith after the death of God, arguing that this struggle sheds new light on recent debates in continental philosophy of religion. A third book-length project, on deconstruction and method in the philosophy of religion, is tentatively entitled The Dreams of Metaphysicians. Coyne’s teaching generally focuses on the themes of subjectivity, temporality, and the nature of religious experience as they appear in ancient, medieval, and modern texts. His longstanding interests include Christian mysticism, the history of Augustinian theology, and Freudian psychoanalysis.

(773) 702-3030
Swift 303A

Current and Upcoming Courses

Divinity School

DVSC 51000 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion

Philosophy of Religions

DVPR 32700 Introduction to Hermeneutics

DVPR 43800 Heidegger Through the Turn

DVPR 50115 Seminar on the Black Notebooks: Heidegger and the Problem of Evil


THEO 50115 Seminar on the Black Notebooks: Heidegger and the Problem of Evil