Agora 2015-1 Philosophy and History

Philosophy and History | Agora vol. 50 no. 1 (2015)

Philosophy and History

Agora vol. 50 no. 1 (2015)

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Editorial Alan Tiller

President's Introduction Ashley Wood

Original research
History, the Philosophy of History and History Education
Tyson Retz, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne

How thinking on the nature of history has influenced its learning and teaching.

Reflections on the theme
An Academic Historian’s Heresy
Assoc. Prof. Adrian Jones, La Trobe University

Why history scholarship and teaching matter as much as history research.
Another Country
Bryan Cooke, Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy

A truly democratic civic education allows us contact with traditions and ideals that are not our own.
Habermas’s Three Forms of Knowledge, Active Citizenship, and the Australian (History) Curriculum
Dr Heather Sharp, University of Newcastle

An introduction to incorporating informed and active citizenship into history using Habermas’s
Philosophy in the History Classroom
May Leckey, The University of Melbourne

When doing philosophy in the history classroom, other worlds are possible.
Marx, Philosophy and History
Andrew Pyrcz, Lyndale Secondary College

Karl Marx’s name may be well known, but his philosophy—a materialistic conception of history underpinned by a critique of the bourgeois epoch—is little understood, often buried beneath the history of Stalinism.

Teaching ideas
‘In its own Nature, Bad.’ Slavery and the Enlightenment Project
Luke Cashman, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

Usually held up as the beacon of liberty and equality, the Enlightenment project had a complex
relationship with the thriving slave trade of the eighteenth century.
Historical Inquiry with Philosophy
May Leckey, The University of Melbourne

Incorporating reflective thought into historical inquiry can make classes a continuous search for
meaning and decision-making.
Building Engaging Teaching Materials with Primary Sources
Ella Holmes, La Trobe University student

Archival sources can form the basis of rich teaching materials for secondary students, as shown in this resource for a unit of work based on a street near a Melbourne school.
Using Songs to Teach WWI
Mark Riggs, Maffra Secondary College

The hundredth anniversary of the Gallipoli landing has seen history teachers inundated with
resources. Some are great for the classroom, and others just out to make money.


Australian History in 7 Questions
by John Hirst
Reviewed by Nick Frigo, Santa Maria College

Becoming a History Teacher – Sustaining Practices in Historical Thinking and Knowing
by Ruth Sandwell and Amy Von Heyking (eds)
Reviewed by Jane Moylan, pre-service teacher at Australian Catholic University

Stories from a Starry Summer Night
Ray Watson
Reviewed by Phillip O’Brien, Minaret College

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