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The Australian National University

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington

BEd(Hons) (Tas), DPhil (Oxon)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
T: +61 2 6125 8487

Areas of expertise

  • Historical Studies 2103

Research interests

Historiography, philosophy of history, history education

Researcher's projects

  • History as Wonder: There is a long tradition of thought about the role of wonder in philosophy, stemming back to Aristotle. Philosophers, he tells us, wonder at ‘obvious perplexities’, but they also wonder about the ‘changes of the moon and of the sun… and about the origins of the universe’ (Metaphysics, 1.2). Does the connection of wonder with changes and origins mean that history begins with wonder too? In my new book project, I test this question through a range of ancient and modern histories and philosophies of wonder, from Aristotle and Polybius, to Hobbes and eighteenth century world histories to Joan Wallach Scott and Luce Irigaray. My conclusion is that the sidelining of wonder that Deckard notes stems from its having been positioned as primitive thinking, and that it has a role to play in stimulating new directions in historiography.
  • This project is under contract with Routledge, to be published in 2017. Follow the project at @Marnie_HW



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