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Associate Professor
Tyson Ashley Retz { "honorific-suffix": "Associate Professor", "fn": "Tyson Ashley Retz", "tel": "Telephone: +47 51833021", "email": "" }

Faculty Faculty of Arts and Education
Department Department of Cultural Studies and Languages
Notes Room: HG O-237

I received my first degree in international politics from the University of Adelaide and worked subsequently as a parliamentary researcher. I then completed master's studies at the University of Melbourne while working as a secondary school teacher of history and French. This research provided the foundation for my PhD in history, conducted jointly with philosophy, on the history and function of empathy in historical studies, a dual exploration of empathy's intellectual and educational history and an analysis of its methodological problems. My research since has explored themes such as re-enactment, history as a discipline, and the concept of progress in different varieties of liberalism in the twentieth century.

Research fields

Philosophy of History
European Intellectual History 
History and Philosophy of the Humanities
History Education 

Selected publications


Tyson Retz, Empathy and History: Historical Understanding in Re-enactment, Hermeneutics and Education (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2018).


Tyson Retz (guest editor), Educational Philosophy and Theory 49, 6 (2017), history education special issue. See also the introduction. 


Tyson Retz, 'Limitacions y posibilidades de la reconstrucción histórica', Iber: Didáctica de las Ciencias Sociales, Geographía e Historia 97 (2019), 35-40. 

Tyson Retz, 'Teaching Empathy and the Critical Examination of Historical Evidence', in Tim Allender, Anna Clark and Robert Parkes (eds), Historical Thinking for History Teachers (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2019), 89-101.

Tyson Retz and Stuart Macintyre, 'The Honours Conception of History', History Australia 15, 4 (2018), 804-22. 

Tyson Retz, 'Why Re-enactment is not Empathy, Once and for All', Journal of the Philosophy of History 11, 4 (2017), 606-23.

Tyson Retz, 'The Structure of Historical Inquiry', Educational Philosophy and Theory 49, 6 (2017), 606-17.

Tyson Retz, 'At the Interface: Academic History, School History and the Philosophy of History', Journal of Curriculum Studies 48, 4 (2016), 503-17. 

Tyson Retz, 'History, the Philosophy of History and History Education', Agora (Sungraphô) 50, 1 (2015), 4-11.

Tyson Retz, 'A Moderate Hermeneutical Approach to Empathy in History Education', Educational Philosophy and Theory 47, 3 (2015), 214-26.


Tyson Retz, 'Against Empathy in History?' Public History Weekly 6 (2018) 27.

Research in progress

'Inside Historical Re-enactment', eds Mario Carretero et al.

'Empathy', Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method, eds Stefan Berger et al.

'Didactics', Routledge Companion to History and Theory, ed. Chiel van den Akker.

Review: Theories of History: History Read across the Humanities, eds Michael J. Kelly and Arthur Rose (Bloomsbury, 2018), Journal of Cognitive Historiography.

History, Science and Politics: Popper and Collingwood's Method for Progress in Interwar Europe.

Work experience

Scientific publications (from Cristin)

  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2020). Chair and discussant, Powerful Knowledge in Historical Teaching and Learning, guest seminar with Arthur Chapman (UK) and Kenneth Nodgren (Sweden).. Tyson Retz;
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2019). A Method for Progress: Popper and Collingwood. University of London, Institute of Historical Research;
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2019). Empathy and Perspective Taking. St. Svithun videregående skole;
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2019). History, Science and Politics: Collingwood and Popper in the Interwar Years. Tallinn University; 2019-06-07 - 2019-06-08.
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2019). History, Science, and the Concept of Progress in Twentieth-Century Political Thought. Johan Östling;
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2019). History's Disciplinary Identity. Stockholm University; 2019-05-13 - 2019-05-15.
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2019). How empathy can help students grasp past and present. AlphaGalileo. [Internet]; 2019-03-12.
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2018). The poverty of whose historicism?. Liisi Keedus;
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2018). Whose historical consciousness?. 2018-08-31 - 2018-09-02.
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2017). Introduction to history education special issue.
  • Retz, Tyson Ashley (2012). Doing historical empathy.