Support for character education has been gaining momentum in recent years, invariably in educational circles across the Anglosphere. This paper distinguishes between good charac- ter and buen carácter and highlights the distinc- tive features of the two meanings attributed to good character, particularly in Spanish. It un- dertakes a philological, philosophical and psy- cho-pedagogical analysis to this end. Moreover, it draws a distinction between temperament and good character and stresses the importance of developing a higher standard for good character, both for oneself and for those in whose hands educational responsibilities are placed. For this purpose, it considers the main human qualities at the heart of of good character based on a tras- cended reading of one of the most prominent representations of Spanish culture, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.

Please, cite this article as follows: Ibáñez-Martín, A. (2023). El plural concepto del buen carácter | The plural concept of good character. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 81 (284), 107-122. 10.22550/REP81-1-2023-06

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Author Biography

José Antonio Ibáñez-Martín, Doctor of Philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Professor of Philosophy of Education at the same university, where he occupied the positions of Vice-Dean, Head of Department, etc. Professor Emeritus of Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he was awarded the Medalla al Mérito Docente following his retirement. He is Professor Emeritus of the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, where he was Vice-Rector of Doctoral Programmes and he created and directed the Master's in Character Education and Emotional Education. His research focuses on the study of anthropological foundations, the critical-philosophical assumptions of educational processes, moral and civic training within democratic systems and character education. He has authored numerous publications and received a wide range of awards. The King of Spain awarded him with the Gran Cruz de Alfonso X el Sabio (Great Cross of Alphonse X, the Wise).


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Difference between good character and buen carácter, fundamental features of the different meanings, importance of reading Don Quixote in the development of good character through education, various meanings of good character