Remembering Alfonso Lozano González

The Robert S. Hartman Institute remembers Professor Alfonso Lozano González, the first disciple of Hartman. He dedicated himself to spreading Formal Axiology in Mexico in all possible ways.  Professor Lozano was the main promoter of Formal Axiology in Mexico. He participated in the Board of Directors of the RSHI;  in the RSHI annual meetings of 1981, 1982, and 1985 he presented various works related to Education. One of his works was published in the book "Forms of Value and Valuation" edited by Rem Edwards and John Davis. He died on October 29, 2021, in Mexico City.


Professor Alfonso Lozano González was born in Copala, Guerrero on October 30, 1934. He grew up in a rural environment surrounded by violence and without schools. Faced with this bleak panorama, Alfonso, from a very young age, felt an inclination for the search for "Wisdom", "Good Teachers" and "Good Persons", which he could not find in his town.

Thus, in 1948 Alfonso ventured to travel alone, to study in Mexico City. After many financial difficulties, fortune favored him and the young Alfonso managed to enter the National School of Teachers on a scholarship. In this School, Lozano met his first Philosophy Teacher, Professor Froilán Pérez, an intelligent man of extraordinary culture and with good heart, who encouraged him to read classic books, such as The Iliad and Homer's Odyssey, The Dialogues of Plato, the Aeneid of Virgil, and the  German writers, such as Kant. After reading each book, the best was always a friendly conversation with Professor Froilán, on the relevant topics of the texts, which were concluded with the best of human virtues. In that student period, Alfonso was National Champion of Javelin Throwing and Discus, sports that he performed in the classical Greek style.

At the suggestion of Professor Froilán Pérez, Alfonso entered the National Autonomous University of Mexico to continue his studies on classical writers. In this University, in mid-March 1961, Professor Lozano's search for “Wisdom “, “Good Persons” and “Good Teachers” led him to Robert S. Hartman, who since the first class in Formal Axiology had a profound impact on him, in aspects both intellectually and existentially, when Alfonso learned the technological applications of Axiological Sciences, such as the Hartman Values Profile, useful tools to build a better world. Professor Lozano maintained a close academic and personal relationship with Dr. Hartman, until September 1973, when the German Philosopher died.

Professor Alfonso elaborated the basic postulates of Axio-education, where he proposed strategies to promote the harmonious development of the student´s personality, in the three axiological dimensions: the systemic, the extrinsic, and the intrinsic. Professor Lozano was the first disciple of Hartman who dedicated himself to spreading Formal Axiology in Mexico, in all possible ways. Thus, in the period from 1981 to 1982, he implemented for the first time an educational project based on Formal Axiology, in the "Teacher´s School May 15th", in Mexico City, to put his ideas on Axio-education into practice. He was accompanied in this project by Leonardo Gómez Navas Chapa and Gilberto Carrasco Hernández, among others. In that period of time, a positive development could be seen in several students of that school.

Professor Lozano served several years on the Board of Directors of the RSHI and participated in the annual meetings of this Institute of 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, and 2001, where he presented works related to Axio-education. He published in 1991 the article "A New Education for the Integral Development of Man", in the book “Forms of Value and Valuation” edited by Rem B. Edwards and John Davis.

He died on October 29, 2021, in Mexico City.

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