13th International Symposium on Moral Competence: Its Nature, its Relevance, and its Education, July 25-26, 2019, in Konstanz.
Moral competence has become a hot issue in the past years. The moral ideal of democracy is still strong but lesser people seem to have developed the ability to live together in a democracy and, therefore, feel overwhelmed by democracy. They tend to follow anti-democratic leaders who pretend that they are able to solve their problems and conflicts. We should not only keep up doing research in this area, but also engage in fostering it and becoming apt moral competence teachers.
Moral competence, research shows, is a key ability for living together in a democracy. It is not only correlated with, but also shows to be a causal factor in, diverse behaviors such as helping people in distress, saving victims of ethnic and religious oppression, staying honest, keeping the law, blowing the whistle, keeping a contract, making swift decisions, learning in school, and student-orientated teaching and more.
Moral competence can be taught and needs to be taught. We have now an effective and efficient method, the Konstanz Methode of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD) and its sibling the Discussion Theater (DT). But a method alone is not enough. It is only effective if it is administered by a well-trained and certified KMDD-Teachers or DT-directors.
Therefore, we will offer (1) a half-day demonstration of the KMDD or (2), if there is a sufficient number of participants, a full one-week workshop in Konstanz.
Report: 12th International Symposium
Last week we have finished the 12th International Moral Competence Symposium in Chemnitz. We were 18 participants, some came from very far like the US, China, Korea and Sierra Leone, just for the symposium. Martina Reinicke was a wonderful host. Everything was organized perfectly.
The presentations showed not only what has been achieved in the field of moral competence research and education (Hemmerling, Reinicke, Stéc, Lind, Park) but also opened new perspectives, like Hou Jackie Yueming’s (Guangzhou) research plan on the impact of group sports on moral competence development, Marina Klimenkos’s study in the possibility to foster moral competence growth through online teaching, and André Schmiljun’s question whether robots can or should be considered as moral persons. We certainly will hear more of them in the future.
Martina will collate a more extensive report on the symposium. At least some papers will be published in Ewa Nowak’s online journal “Ethics in Progress.” Jackie will stay in Konstanz during the next semester to discuss and prepare his research. He will also contact Katerina Mouratidou (Serres, Greece) for advice and cooperation.
Martina also organized two city tours showing us how beautiful Chemnitz (280 000 inhabitants) is in spite of the heavy bombing in World War 2 and the non-so-beautiful architecture of the GDR (DDR) times. The social hours in the restaurants were full of conversations and laughter.