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Cultural Liberalism in Australia : A Study in Intellectual and Cultural History - Gregory Melleuish

Cultural Liberalism in Australia

A Study in Intellectual and Cultural History

Paperback Published: 27th November 1995
ISBN: 9780521479691
Number Of Pages: 236

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This book reclaims Cultural Liberalism as an important part of Australian intellectual heritage. Arguing that the tradition is central to the Australian experience of modernity, Gregory Melleuish traces the impact of cultural liberalism from its emergence around the time of Federation to its demise during the 1960s. Part collective biography, part intellectual and cultural history, the book describes the development of cultural liberalism, founded on rationalism and humanism, by university-educated intellectuals. Dr Melleuish argues that a religious and spiritual dimension was also central to the tradition. He draws attention to the intellectual similarities of thinkers not usually grouped together, and also considers those who inherited the tradition but repudiated it. This provocative book will make an important contribution to emerging debates about culture, identity and citizenship in post-modern Australia.

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Introduction: culture, tradition and modernity
Traditions of modernity in Australia
Ethos and myth: the dynamics of Cultural Liberalism
Ethos and myth: the humanities strike back
Liberalism and its critics: the realists
Liberalism and its critics: the idealists
Epilogue and conclusion: Cultural Liberalism spurned?
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ISBN: 9780521479691
ISBN-10: 052147969X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 27th November 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.35