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Education in virtues through storytelling

International Congress - June 26/27

In all times and cultures, stories have been a vehicle for the transmission of traditions, ethical and religious principles, worldviews, etc. They have also played an important role in the field of education within the great civilisations, particularly in the occidental one. The educational role played in ancient Greece by Homer’s stories, The Iliad and The Odyssey, where the heroes embodied the virtues that citizens should imitate, as Werner Jaeger showed in his Padeia, is well known. The Judeo-Christian tradition also has numerous biblical stories, such as the story of Abraham, Joseph, etc., which educate the believer in the virtues of faith and piety. The fairy tales of the Grimm brothers or Hans Christian Andersen are more contemporary examples of the educational value of stories in childhood.

The International Conference Education in virtues through storytelling seeks to explore in depth, with the help of leading experts, the natural link that has always existed between virtues as habits that lead the person to their fullness and the story or narrative as a vehicle that exemplifies, concretises or visualises and therefore educates on this path. To what extent has the European tradition been educated in this way? Is it still valid or have virtue and storytelling become outdated?

The conference is organised by the Person and Education Research Group of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University with the collaboration of the Angel Ayala CEU Institute of Humanities. The conference is open to the participation of teachers, university researchers and professors from all areas of the educational process.