16th International Symposium “Moral Competence: Its Nature, Relevance, and Education”

in Konstanz, July 26 – 30, 2021

Call for papers. Deadline: March 31, 2021

Moral-democratic competence is urgently needed. Democracy, as a way of living together (John Dewey), is not easy. While most, if not all, of us esteem the moral ideal of democracy, we find it often very difficult, if not impossible, to solve the problems and conflicts which this ideal inevitably produces: How should we decide, when we cannot be just without lying, or cannot be free without being unjust, or cannot be truthful without ending a cooperation? How can we find a solution by thinking and discussion only, instead of using brute force, or deceiving others and ourselves, or by bowing down to some authority, letting them decide for us what is right or wrong?

As research shows, most people lack moral-democratic competence. Most people did not have the opportunity to develop this ability and thus cannot solve the moral dilemmas of democratic life without resorting to violence, deceit or submission to an authority. Hence, they tend to pursue moral ideals with immoral means. Hence, they would behave morally, if they would have the opportunity to develop their moral-democratic competence. As Socrates states: Those who really understand what the right thing to do is, cannot help but do it.

The Symposium brings together scholars and practitioners who have taken up Socrates’ insight. They present correlational and experimental studies as well as practical experiences, which deepen our understanding of the meaning and relevance of moral-democratic competence, as well as our methods to foster it.

For research ideas, see this web-site: http://moralcompetence.net/mut/moral_competence_research.html.

The symposium is also part of a KMDD-Workshop which Dr. Lind offers July 26 – 30, 2021, in Konstanz.

For more details see: http://moralcompetence.net

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Important dates:

  • Call for papers deadline: March 31, 2021
  • Final program: April 30, 2021
  • Confirmation of presentation: May 5th, 2021
  • Confirmation of the symposium: May 5th, 2021
  • Registration for the symposium: June 30, 2021
  • Symposium: July 29-30, 2021

Fostering Moral Competence

All people wish to be good, says Socrates;
Thinking is nothing for cowards, says Kant;
Discussion with opponents is neither, says Habermas;
let’s educate them, says Jefferson.

We can turn the wisdom of these eminent philosophers into an effective education world-wide.

How? As I explain in my book Morality Can be Taught, this can be done with the Konstanz Methode of Dilemma-Discussion (KMDD). The KMDD is versatile and very effectiv.

My book has been available since many years in German, Spanish and Greek, and will soon be published in Chinese. The KMDD is successfully used in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, and even in China.

You can donate to make my book Morality can be taught available in English, too:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/make-morality-can-be-taught-available-in-english/x/12968762#/

Deadline: 24 January 2016.