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Pre-Symposium Workshop:
KMDD / Discussion Theater

Past events

Call for Papers. Deadline March 31, 2021 / Invitation to the
16th International Symposium in Konstanz, July 29-30, 2021
Plus KMDD-Workshop July 26-30; 2021

Moral Competence:
Its Nature, Relevance, and Education


to be announced

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, see the symposium web-site: http://moralcompetence/mut/moral_competence_research.html.


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


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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.

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

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.

Tourist Information Konstanz




Please book accommodation as early as possible! (If necessary, cancel in time.)

Konstanz is a beautiful city, surrounded by an inviting country-side (Lake of Constance, Swiss Alps, mediaeval monasteries and castles etc.), all easily accessible by walking, by bike and by public transportation (bus, train, ship). Switzerland, Austria, France, and Italy are nearby.

Accommodation can be found through Konstanz Tourist Information or through the internet.

Nearby Airports with train connection to Konstanz, distance in hours:
Zürich (1 hr), Basel (1,5 hr), Friedrichshafen (1 hr), Baden-Baden/Karlsruhe (2 hr), Frankfurt (4 hrs), Munich (4 hrs.). Check whether a cheap Flixbus to Konstanz is available. All times are approximately.

Trains run usually every hour. The airports are well connected. For schedules and prizes click here. Ask for special rates.

Buses: The university can be reached with bus lines #9A and 9B from the main railroad station and #11 from Wollmatingen rail road station. Buses run about every 15 minutes.


Workshop on KMDD / Discussion Theater, July 26 - 30, 2021, in Konstanz

Program: to be announced

Certification: See KMDD-flyer

Teacher: Dr. Dr. Georg Lind, the creator of KMDD and Discussion Theater

Reference: Lind, G. "How to teach moral competence. New: discussion theater." Berlin: Logos.

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Note: If you attend the pre-symposium workshop, no extra registration for the symposium is necessary unless you want to do a presentation.

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