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8th International Symposium

Moral-Democratic Competence &

Date, Time


July 31 - Aug. 1, 2014

Konstanz, University of Konstanz, Giesberg, Room D 436



Previous Events (1979-2013)

The globally shared moral ideal of democracy as a way of living together (John Dewey) depends on every citizens' ability to solve conflicts on the basis of universal moral principles through thinking and discussion rather than through violence, deceit, and power. Without this moral competence, that is, without being able ourselves to solve conflicts, we need to give power to others (e.g., to parents, teachers, politicians, judges, police, administrators, etc.) in order to solve our conflicts, and by doing so we submit ourselves to an authority. ... more [click here for access code]

This series of symposia provides a basis for international and inter-disciplinary exchange about the concept of moral competence (which already Socrates had in mind when he talked about 'virtue') but which is still much neglected in modern moral reseasrch and education.

Language: English

Programm committee: Prof. Dr. Georg Lind, Prof. Dr. Ewa Nowak, Dr. Marcia Schillinger, Prof. Dr. Klaus Wunder


Please for the symposium and transfer your fee before June 30th, 2014.

The symposium will take place if more than 10 participants have registered in time.

Late registration is possible, but this does not count for the minimum participation number. Please inquire.

Registration will be confirmed before July 6th, 2014 by e-mail.

About Konstanz



Konstanz is a beautiful, old city, surrounded by an inviting country-side (Lake of Constance, Swiss Alps, medieaval monestries and castles etc.), all easily accessible by public transportation (bus, train, ship), bikes, and hiking. do not forget to bring your swimming suit along, and your passport. Switzerland, Austria, France, and Italy are nearby. See Google map

Accommodation can be found through the Konstanz Tourist Office. Additional information on affordable accommodations is given here. (Access: "kmdd kurs" / "kohlberg")

Program (preliminary!)

Thursday July 31, 2014

13.00 - 13.30


Georg Lind, Ewa Nowak, Marcia Schillinger, Klaus Wunder


13.30 - 14.15
Invited Address
  Ewa Nowak & Paweł Mazur [University of Poznan, Poland]

The New Actuality of Judge Steinberg’s Dilemma –
Can Moral Judgment Competence Deepen Judical Autonomy?
... Handout

14.15 - 14.45   Break  
14.45 - 15.15   Suncana Kukolja Taradi, Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia

Stagnation of Moral Competence Development of Medical Students: A Cross Sectional Study in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. ... Presentation (may not open) Two related papers: Kukolja (2010) and Kukolja (2012) for download.

15.15 - 15.45   Mariela Agurto, M.A., Santiago de Chile Moral Competence of Physicians in Two Chilean Hospital Centers.... Handout
15.45 - 16.15   Break  
16.15 - 16.45   Lei Kang, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China Will Improved Moral Competence Lead to Better Workplace Conflict Resolution... Handout
16.45 - 17.15   Laura Bermúdez Jurado, Student of Psychology, Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia Promotion of Social Skills and Moral Competence as Means to Prevent Bullying in High Schools. ... Handout | Presentation

19.00 - 20.15

20.30 - 22.00

Social event: Dinner in Cafe-Restaurant Wessenberg, close to the cathedral (Münster).

Entertainment with Alvaro, the Chilenean with the 'singing nose' (cover photo of Alvaro's new record 'Manana'). Video of Alvaro's performance.
Location : Zimmerbühne, St. Johanngasse 2, 78462 Konstanz, across Wessenberg-Cafe. Internet:

 Friday, August 1

9.00 - 9.30  

Sofia Karamavrou, University of Thessaloniki, Greece

The Association Between Moral Competence, Personality Factors and Demographic Characteristics of Secondary Education Students. ... Handout

9.30 - 10.00   Mouratidou Katerina, University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Linking Moral Competence with Demographic Characteristics of Team Sports Athletes.

10.00 - 10.30   Break  
10.30 - 11.00
(new scheduling)
  Dereniowska Małgorzata & Jason Matzke, Aix-Marseille University, France, & University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.A. Finding a Middle Ground Between Agonism and Deliberation: Integrity-preserving Compromise and Moral-democratic Competence. ... Handout
11.00 - 11.30   Hatem Gafsi, Osnabrück University, Germany Cross Sector Social Interactions: The Development of Moral and
Democratic Competences is the Key.
11.30 - 12.30   Break  
12.30 - 13.00   Janna Dreher & Marcia Schillinger, University of Education Weingarten, Germany

Conflict Resolution in Sociomoral Discussions in Kindergarten. Abstract | Presentation

13.00 - 13.30  

Georg Lind, Konstanz

Moral Competence and Conflict Resolution. ... Handout

13.30 - 14.00   Outlook for 2015
End of the Workshop & Symposium

Optional part:

Lunch at the Cafe Arche, Giesberg university building

16.25 - 22.00   Excursion with ship from Konstanz harbor to Meersburg with visit to the castle and have dinner there at the evening; return with ferry from Meersburg to Konstanz-Staad; with bus line #1 back to the city (please confirm your participation with Georg).
© Georg Lind; last revision: July 21, 2014.