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The Christopher Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture was formally incorporated in Perth, Western Australia in 2013. It is a not-for-profit association named in honour of Christopher Dawson the great English historian of the 20th century who throughout his work saw the world of spiritual belief “as the dynamic element in history and as a real world-transforming power.” Drawing inspiration from the thought of Christopher Dawson, the Society was founded to promote cultural and philosophic activities that recognise the spiritual, as well as the material, element in our nature and in society more broadly. It is hoped that in this way the Dawson Society may uphold and continue the work of its namesake.


December 28, 2017 Call for Papers: Dawson Society Conference July 2018

by Tom Gourlay

1968: Five Decades On This conference is a critical reflection on the legacy of 1968 as a watershed in twentieth century thought and culture. Taking advantage of the fiftieth anniversary since 1968, this conference will spotlight that year as representative …


April 3, 2017 Archbishop Timothy Costelloe on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia

by Dawson Society

By Josh Low for The eRecord Archbishop Timothy Costelloe has this week reiterated Pope Francis’ call to be humble and realistic, in the acknowledgment that the way we present our Christian beliefs and treat others has helped contribute to the problematic …


September 19, 2016 WA Humanities Symposium

by Tom Gourlay

The WA Humanities Symposium is a three day interdisciplinary conference showcasing the diverse nature of research and scholarship in the humanities in Western Australia. We hope you will join us in the renewal of this historic and fruitful event. 8 …



January 16, 2018 Receiving the Gift: A Way of Life Open to Reality

by Tom Gourlay

This essay was previously presented by Thomas V. Gourlay at the National Billings Ovulation Method Teachers’ Weekend. The full text of this paper can be found at Homiletic and Pastoral Review, here.   Receiving the Gift: A Way of Life Open …



April 17, 2018
Dr Theresa Burke PhD (USA)

Speakers Forum: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse in the Church