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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 Q-247

B.A. / Dip.Lang. (Adelaide)

M.Ed. (Melbourne)

Ph.D. History (Melbourne)  

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, '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

I am participating in the ERC project, based at Tallinn University, "Between the Times: Embattled Temporalities in Interwar Europe".

I am investigating the methodology of "historical reeenactment", using as a starting point the concept of re-enactment found in the philosophy of history.

I am evaluating the rise of historical consciousness alongside theories of secularisation, focusing in particular on the religious worldviews and philosophical paradigms behind the concept of "scientific history".  

Work experience

Scientific publications (from Cristin)

  • 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'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.