Jesús Flores (Universidad Central de Venezuela)

Jesús Flores is one of a set of twins, born in Caracas in 1976. He began his education at a rural school which had adopted Luis Alberto Machado’s programme for the Development of Critical Thinking. At 12, he entered the Salesian “Santa María” Seminary. After completing secondary education, he continued his seminarian training as a curate with the Salesian Congregation, as well as a degree in Education, specializing in Philosophy, at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.

 

From 1993 to 2003 he carried out social work with youth groups in working-class communities, and worked as the coordinator of studies for bilingual intercultural indigenous schools in the Guajira and the Alto Orinoco. After a severe visual impairment worsened, he took the decision to retire from religious orders and in 2004 became a researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones Populares. The same year, he started to teach Philosophy, Philosophy of Education and Ethics and Education at the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador (UPEL). There he completed a Masters in Education in 2010 followed by a PhD in Education in 2015. That year, he started to teach Methodology and Social Research, and Epistemology and Philosophy, at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Jesús is a Co-Investigator on the Phase 2 Venezuela project ‘Thought and Freedom.’