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Ian Tregenza has research interests in political theory, the history of political thought and religion and politics. His PhD (UNSW 1996) was on the political philosopher Michael Oakeshott, focusing on Oakeshott’s engagement with the thought of the 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes. A revised version was published as Michael Oakeshott on Hobbes: A Study in the Renewal of Philosophical Ideas (Imprint Academic, 2003). Though a study of the relationship between two philosophers it was concerned with broad hermeneutical questions concerning the way that philosophers interpret and use the past. Subsequently Ian’s work has covered aspects of Australian intellectual and political history, with a particular focus on the intersection of religion and politics and the forms of Australian secularism. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in the area and is the author (with Stephen A. Chavura and John Gascoigne) of Reason, Religion and the Australian Polity: A Secular State? (Routledge, 2019).

He has been secretary of the Religious History Association, and is currently book reviews editor for the Journal of Religious History.

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Projects 2007 2018

Research Outputs 1994 2019

Managing "self-preservation": Charles Pearson's National Life and Character and the early Australian Commonwealth

Hearn, M. & Tregenza, I., Mar 2019, In : Australian Journal of Politics and History. 65, 1, p. 17-32 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

federation
industrial revolution
technological progress
social cohesion
architect

Reason, religion and the Australian polity: a secular state?

Chavura, S. A., Gascoigne, J. & Tregenza, I., 2019, London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 308 p. (Routledge Studies in Modern History; vol. 49)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Polity
Religion
Ideal
Secularity
Education System

The 'secular' settlement and Australian political thought

Chavura, S. A. & Tregenza, I., 2019, In : Australian Journal of Political Science. 54, 2, p. 272-287 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

political history
Religion
political scientist
federation
social welfare

Freedom's progress? A history of political thought

Tregenza, I., Mar 2018, In : Australian Journal of Politics and History. 64, 1, p. 171-172 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

history
Exeter
History of Political Thought

Creeds and conflict: doing theology in Sydney, 1916-2016: introduction

Tregenza, I., Dec 2017, In : Saint Mark's Review : a journal of Christian thought and opinion. 242, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearch