Gilberto Carrasco Hernández, M.A.

Gilberto Carrasco Hernández, M.A.

Gilberto Carrasco Hernández comes from a family of teachers, and all his academic life has been dedicated to research on theoretical Formal Axiology and its application to the field of the Human Development.

He belongs to the second generation of Hartmanian axiologists. In Mexico, those who were colleagues and disciples of Dr. Robert S. Hartman taught him Formal Axiology and its applications to humanistic disciplines such as ethics, education, psychology, administration, and theology.

Between 1980 and 1983 Professor Alfonso Lozano, a very close disciple of Dr. Hartman, and a very special teacher, taught him pure Formal Axiology, the handling of the Hartman Value Inventory (H.V.I.), and Axio-education, as elaborated by Professor Lozano.

In 1981 and 1982, Gilberto wrote his thesis for a degree in Industrial Engineering at the Military Engineering School; it applied ideas about Axio-administration to the Military Central Hospital. The director of his thesis was Ricardo Ortiz, who, under the direction of Dr. Hartman, originally developed the basic postulates of Axio-administration in coordination with Jorge Palafox and Gabriel Camporredondo.

In 1983, Gilberto helped organize the International Meeting of Robert S. Hartman Institute (RSHI), held at La Salle University and in Dr. Hartman´s Library, located in his Cuernavaca´s house. There Gilberto presented a paper titled “Systems Engineering and Axio-administration;” and he got to know Rita Hartman, David Mefford, John W. Davis, Frank Forrest, Leon Pomeroy, John and Joyce Austin, as well as Dr. Mario Cárdenas Trigos who was psychoanalyst Erich Fromm´s disciple and a Co-author of the H.V.I.

Between 1984 and 1986, Gilberto studied Philosophy at the Autonomus National University of Mexico.

In 1984, he participated in the Annual Meeting of the RSHI at the University of Tennessee and presented a paper on “A System of Psycho-axiological Evaluation.” There, he got to know other axiologist such as Arthur Ellis, Vera Mefford , Evert Schidlt, and Gary Acquaviva.

On that occasion, David and Vera Mefford taught their main creative efforts to him: the axiotypes, the axioscope, new forms to process the H.V.I., Axio-therapy, and their applications to Administration. And Gary Acquaviva showed him his research on violence.

Between 1986 and 1989 Gilberto studied for a Masters Degree in Orientation and Human Development at the Iberoamerican University.

In 1997 he retired from being a Major Industrial Engineer in the Army. His main work while on the General Staff of the Army emphasized Information Technology in structuring and developing human personnel.

Between 1997 and 1999, he developed his master thesis under the direction of Dra. Ana Maria González and worked especially with Dr. Mario Cárdenas. In this thesis, Gilberto elaborated the postulates of the Axiological Theory of the Human Development. Because of the significance of the theoretical and practical results that he obtained, they granted Honorary Mention to him and he was awarded a scholarship to study for a doctoral degree in Human Development at the Iberoamerican University.

His doctoral dissertation titled Axio-orientation, A Proposal to Facilitate the Enrichment of the System of Values of the Personality was written between 1999 and 2001. In it, Gilberto created an improvement to Hartman´s axiom of good, called “ordinal good,” its mathematical argumentation, and its application to measuring and enriching the system of values in the personality. After he showed his findings that explain the axiological operation of the H.V.I. to Dr. Mario Cárdenas, Dr Mario generously shared with him information about and the history of his own relations with Erich Fromm and Robert S. Hartman that produced the first high impact technological applications of Formal Axiology: the creation of the H.V.I., an axiological theory of personality, the first formulation of Axio-therapy, and an axiological interpretation of dreams.

In 2000, Gilberto presented to the annual meeting of RSHI his ideas on “ordinal good” as applied to Human Development. There he got to know another axiologist, Dr. Rem B Edwards, who shared with him his books on Axiological Theology.

In 2001, Gilberto participated in the organization of the Second International Congress of Formal Axiology “Advances in the State of Knowledge in Human Values” held at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in Toluca, where he presented his paper “Axio-orientation as a Medium to Facilitate Self-realization, Labor Competency, and Organizational Excellence: Application to a University Institution.” Other axiologist like Dra. Graciela Hierro, Marcos Gojman M.B.A. (Hartman´s former students) and Dr. Robert Kinsel Smith participated in this event.

The same year, Gilberto published his book, The Axiological Theory of Human Development.

During the last six years, he has earned degrees in Education Based on Competencies, Family Counseling, Consulting, and Transpersonal Development. During this period Gilberto successfully applied the ideas in his book and in Axio-orientation to diverse institutions such as the Military Central Hospital, the Autonomus Universities of Baja California, the States of Mexico and Morelos, the System of Technological Universities, and especially in the Information Technology Career of the Technological University Emiliano Zapata of the State of Morelos (www.utez.edu.mx).

As a result of his work on developing the highest human potentials as well as on high organizational quality, his students and fellow professors have obtained scholarships and national and international recognitions of high quality. Gilberto has established an Information Technology Career in Mexico, which is a leader in institutional software development, networks, and telecommunications. Some ideas about this were written on the Gilberto´s article “The Organization of Personality and the Articulation of Good in the Axio-orientation Process”, published in The Journal of Formal Axiology: Theory and Practice, Volume 3, 2010.

In 2005, Gilberto received the prize, “Iberoamerican Masters in Educative Direction,” granted by the Iberoamerican Council for Honoring Quality, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

In October of 2006, Gilberto Carrasco Hernandez was invited to become a member of the Board of Directors of the RSHI, and he is now collaborating with Marcos Gojman in creating the Iberoamerican Branch of the Institute, and he is continuing working to spread the formal axiology and his ideas on human development with teachers in Morelos, Mexico.

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