Vol 13, No 1, 2009

Australian Universities in Transition: Moral, Pragmatic or Religious Drivers?

Paul Tyson


Australian universities appear to be moving out of a broadly progressive liberal humanist value frame and into a more conservative, neoliberal value frame. In this transition, incompatible visions of what institutional morality and rationality are arise. Here, finding out who is being visionary, virtuous and rational is not easy. Uncovering a deeper cultural substratum than morality and rationality is needed for a meaningful understanding of what is driving this transition. This paper contends that if we use religious categories, the underlying topography of this institutional transition becomes clearer.