Gary Donnelly

Gary Donnelly


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Research interests

I have interests in most areas of philosophy and religion, but special regard goes to Indian Buddhism (especially Nagarjuna and Vasubandhu), Advaita Vedānta (especially Gaudapada and Sankara), Jainism (especially around the conception of 'truth'),  Classical Sanskrit, Pāli. I retain interests in religious and mystical thinkers of all stripes: my interest in religion and philosophy is mainly in their potential as guides for living well.

I am also interested in classical Chinese philosophy (especially Zhuangzi), and in Tolstoy's conception of 'religion' and his consequent expression of 'ultimate truths'. I suppose that you might say that I really work at the intersections of ethics, metaphysics, and religion.


From 2016-2020, I taught across the spectrum in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool.

In 2018-19, I lectured at Liverpool Hope University on their third year Advanced Studies in Indic Traditions course (this comprised Contemporary Buddhism and Contemporary Hinduism, respectively).

In the 2020-21 academic year, I completed a PGCE in religion at Pembroke College, University of Oxford and taught across all secondary key stages at Cherwell School.

Between April-May 2021, I also taught remotely a first year undergraduate module on Hinduism for Liverpool Hope University, covering a staff illness.

In 2023 I returned to Liverpool Hope on a part-time basis to lecture in Hindu and Jaina religous/philosophical traditions.


BA (Hons) Philosophy

MA Philosophy

PhD Philosophy

PGCE Religious Education


Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, PGCertHE, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 29 Sept 2023

Postgraduate Diploma, PGCE Religious Education, Pembroke College

Award Date: 22 Jul 2021

Doctor of Philosophy, Against a Mahāyāna Absolute: Why Absolutism Need Not Be a Conclusion of Mahāyāna Philosophy, University of Liverpool

Award Date: 1 Apr 2019

Master of Arts, Philosophy, University of Liverpool

Award Date: 3 Nov 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of Liverpool

Award Date: 18 Jul 2013

External positions

Lecturer in Indic Traditions, Liverpool Hope University College

Feb 2023Apr 2023

PGCE Intern (Trainee Teacher), Cherwell Upper School

Sept 2020Jun 2021

SSLC Secretary & Course Representative for Religious Education, Oxford University

Sept 2020Jun 2021

Lecturer in Indic Traditions, Liverpool Hope University College

Sept 2018Jun 2019

University Teacher, University of Liverpool

Sept 2016May 2020

Areas of expertise

  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Metaphysics
  • BL Religion
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Theology
  • Jainism
  • Vedanta
  • BQ Buddhism
  • Madhyamaka
  • Yogacara
  • Sanskrit
  • Pali
  • Sarvastivada
  • Theravada
  • Mahayana
  • Indian
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • PI Oriental languages and literatures
  • Sanskrit
  • Pali
  • Classical Tibetan
  • Hindi


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