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Research interests

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.


POIR2770 Revolutions

POIR2060 Modern Political Thought

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Research Outputs

Appropriating Hobbes: legacies in political, legal, and international thought

Tregenza, I., 25 Oct 2019, In : The European Legacy: toward new paradigms. 3 p.

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

  • 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/ReportBook

  • 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 journalArticle

  • 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 review