The empire of new idealism?: Civilisation and Australian new idealism, 1850-1950

  • Hughes-Warrington, Marnie (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Tregenza, Ian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Boucher, David (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Helgeby, Stein (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

When Australia emerged as a nation in 1901, it had already found its own distinctive philosophical voice in the global community. That philosophy sough ideals of, above all, global freedom and unity. This project tracks the emergence of that voice after the introduction of 'British idealist' philosophy in the mid-nineteenth century and seeks to illuminate its shaping role in public discussions and policy on Federation, citizenship and civilisation. The project's assessment of the impact of British Idealism as a 'colonising philosophy' and serve as the trigger for the globalisation of New Idealist studies.
Effective start/end date1/01/0731/12/11


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$153,173.00
  • Macquarie University
  • Australian National University (ANU)