Conference Paper

“El concepto de educación moral laica en el contexto de las relaciones Estado-Iglesia en México”

Conference: The 14th Annual World Conference in Conceptual History: Instability and Change of Concepts


This paper aims to address the concept of secular moral education in Mexico, after the restoration of the republic, by analyzing the debate between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano (liberal education project supporter) and “El Cura de la Sierra” (defender of conservatism), through the newspaper columns at “El Federalista” and “La Voz de México” during 1871. I will analyze the nature, purpose and moral foundations of education with the understanding that each one conceived from their particular perspective, but according to the socio-historical and ideological context in which they lived, using in turn inherited concepts and ideas of liberalism and the European enlightenment; such as laissez faire and progress but adapted to the social, cultural and political developments that each perceived as existing at that time.
Intends to do a review from the historical, sociological and pedagogical perspective, considering their joint synchronic and diachronic so the understanding of these concepts is the result of socio-cultural and political-ideological dynamics, consequently they are minted and managed so they are dynamic and plurivocity.
This debate deserves attention as it transcended the social sphere because of the role played by the newspapers of that time, whose diversified content and opinion were subordinated to the trends to groups and politicians who sponsored and/or participated in them, allowing the dissemination of ideas and beliefs of thinkers and political ties between Mexican society in the second half of the XIX century.
The conflict remains latent in the social activism of contemporary Mexican into social activism of contemporary Mexican conservatism and current educational trends and the hegemonic group in power as well as various groups that defend the separation of the Church-State relations and secularism in education.

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