Learn about the theology and philosophy research priorities at Australian Catholic University. Explore our current projects and facilities.

Our research areas

Framed by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, our theology and philosophy researchers build interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations that promote research excellence while exploring the nature of religion, faith, politics, humanity, society, culture and thought.

Research excellence

In the latest ERA assessment, ACU ranked first in Australia for the research field of religion and religious studies. (Four-digit FoRs, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018).

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Our current projects 

Take a look at the vital projects and programs underway at the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy, the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, and the Institute for Religion Politics and Society and meet our researchers and collaborators.

ACU will host a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, facilitating major national and international partnerships.

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Our Rome campus regularly hosts the Rome Seminars, inviting visiting scholars from US, UK, Europe and NZ who have participated in ACU research projects to share their knowledge.

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Dianoia Institute of Philosophy

Investigating the nature of probability and the role it plays in philosophical debates.

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Examining the intersection between atheism and Christianity in discourse, experience and politics.

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Aiming to advance a novel account of early Christian epistemology and intellectual culture and provide resources for interactions between faith and culture today.

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An interdisciplinary team will investigate the use and misuse of the concept of rational self-government.

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How did the earliest Christian communities employ texts and traditions ascribed to a sacred past to negotiate issues relating to their identity?

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Research grants

Religious belief and social cohesion led by Dr Matthew Crawford.

Dementia, moral agency and identity led by Dr Steve Matthews.

The visual art of preaching in the Sistine Chapel in the fifteenth century led by Professor Peter Howard.

Research engagement and impact

Across our institutes and faculty, our theology and philosophy researchers uphold the ACU mission of commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good.

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Explore our institutes and faculty

Our theology and philosophy researchers are spread across our institutes and throughout the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

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