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Call for Papers. Deadline May 31, 2021

Invitation to the 16th International Symposium
July 28-29, 2021 (new date!)

Moral Competence:
Its Nature, Relevance, and Education

Submission of papers georg.lind [ät]



Host The Institute for Moral-Democratic Competence (IMDC). Chair: Dr. Georg Lind, Vice-chair: Dr. Kay Hemmerling, Treasuere; Dr. Leonore Link. (web-site under construction)

Topic & Aim:

2019. Logos Publisher, Berlin.

Free download:
Chapter 4: How to make moral competence visible.

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 and standard of good moral psychology, see: http://moralcompetence/mut/moral_competence_research.html.


Important dates: (note changes)

  • Submitting papers deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Confirmation of presentation and the symposium: June 10th, 2021
  • Final program: June 15, 2021
  • Registration for the symposium: July 15, 2021
  • Symposium: July 29-30, 2021
Fee/donation   free


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(In preparation)

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weber, University of Insbruck, Institute of Psychology:
"Hopes and worries regarding democracy in firms and enterprises" (working title) (agreed)

Prof. Dr. Roma Kriaučiūnienė, University of Vilnus, Lithuania:
"The importance of moral competence for language learning" (working title) (agreed)

Prof. Dr. Ewa Nowak, Adam Mickiewisz University, Poznan, Poland
"Making judgments and decisions under difficult circumstances" (working title) (agreed).

Dr. Kay Hemmerling, Association "Arbeit und Leben" (work and life), Leipzig (asked)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wasel, Hochschule Weingarten (asked)

Dr. Rahul Sharma, Bhopal, India (asked)

Prof. Dr. Devendra Kodwani, Dean of the School of Business and Law, Open University England. (asked)

Prof. Dr. Katerina Mouratidou, Aristotle University, Serres, Greece. (asked)


Note: Reviews are open for both sides so that they can have exchange.

For reviewing proposals, the authors will be invited to present their ideas at a weekly online colloquium, which will start in April through end of June.

Program coordination   Georg Lind (georg.lind [ät] in behalf of the Institute for Moral-Democratic Competence (IMDC e.V.)

About presentations:


In order to allow many presentations, sufficient time for discussion, and a good basis for future contacts with colleagues, we will restrict most presentations to 15 minutes, and four slides. These may be titled, for example, as (1) Question(s), (2) Method(s), (3) Finding(s)/Discussion. (4) References.

These slides should be readable (minimum font size: 18), and should not contain too much information or abbreviations.

In addition, we suggest that each presenter brings along a handout of 1 - 2 pages handout (double-sided) which contains the slides (in reduced size) plus abstract and contact information (see example).

The online journal "ethics in progress" invites all presenters to submit the full paper to this journal. In order to help you writing a contribution I offer some guidelines in the paper "Art of Experimental (Moral) Psychology." See also my poster which summarizes the findings from studies on the relevance of moral competence for living together in a democracy. For more in-depth search of relevant studies for your topic, see the lists posted here in references above.

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