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HTS Theological Studies

versión On-line ISSN 2072-8050
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OTT, Bernhard. Character education for public leadership: The continuing relevance of Martin Buber's 'Hebrew humanism'. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2020, vol.76, n.2, pp.1-7. ISSN 2072-8050.

The need for character education for those in public leadership is of unquestionable importance. Professor Christoph Stückelberger (University of Basel, founder of Globethics) has recently argued that 'structural ethics' (constitutions, policies and standards) have their merits, and that 'there are no virtuous institutions, there are only virtuous people'. Stückelberger calls for the cultivation of virtues, especially the virtue of integrity. In recent decades, character education has received new attention. Those who call for character education most often draw from Greek traditions, especially from Aristotle. This article will explore a different source for the discussion of virtues and character. About 80 years ago, the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber proposed character education, based on what he called 'Hebrew humanism', as the foundation of nation-building. I will explore the continuing relevance of Buber's view of character and character formation, taking his famous Tel Aviv speech on 'The Education of Character' of 1939 as a point of departure.

Palabras clave : Public leadership; Education; Virtues and character; Character formation; Martin Buber.

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