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"Moral competence: Its nature, relevance, and teachability." Jan. 21.-22. 2022 online

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?

Location

Presenters on "restream.io" (password will be send to the presenters). Streaming for audience on these channels:

  • YouTube

Host

The Institute for Moral-Democratic Competence e.V.  (IMDC).

  • Chair: apl. Prof. em. Dr. Georg Lind
  • Vice-chair: Dr. Kay Hemmerling
  • Treasurer: Dr. Leonore Link

Program coordination

Georg Lind, Ewa Nowak and Aida Mofakhami.

Topic

Moral Competence: Its Nature, Relevance, and Education.

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

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

References

Important dates (note changes)

  • Confirmation of presentation and the symposium: until December 31st, 2021
  • Final program: until January 10th, 2022
  • Symposium: January 21st - 22nd, 2022

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