In Search of a Universal Value Base of Education in a Pluralistic School: From Human Rights to Global Ethic and Responsibility


  • Karmen Mlinar University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)



human rights, responsibility, exotopy, active listening, global ethic


The present paper argues that as basic schools become more pluralistic, it is important to (re)discuss the value base on which education should be built. Many see human rights as a universal principle of Western democratic societies and thus a universal value base of education. However, human rights seem to be insufficient – first, because many question their universality, and second, because they are understood mainly as legal rather than ethical principles. The concept that is known to ethically support human rights is the global ethic. And from one of the main pillars of the global ethic we derive the universal value base of education – the responsibility for the other, understood as care for the other, being for the other, treating and approaching the other with respect. To this end, teachers should encourage social interactions, based on active listening and exotopy.


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How to Cite

Mlinar, K. (2023). In Search of a Universal Value Base of Education in a Pluralistic School: From Human Rights to Global Ethic and Responsibility. Encyclopaideia, 27(65), 1–17.