Université d'Erfurt

International Conference: The Shadow Side of Gratitude

Organising Team

Conference Organisers

Dr Blaire Morgan

Dr Blaire Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Worcester, UK. She has a BSc and PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham. Blaire’s research spans the areas of positive, moral and cyber psychology and has involved a critical examination of interpersonal traits such as gratitude, empathy and authenticity. Her work on gratitude has appeared in print and broadcast media and can be found in peer-reviewed journals such as the Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Positive Psychology and Journal of Moral Education and within edited volumes alongside experts in the fields of psychology, moral education and virtue ethics.


Example publications

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L., & Kristjansson, K. (2017). A new approach to examining moral virtues: The Multi-Component Gratitude Measure. Personality and Individual Differences, 107, 179 – 189. 

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L., & Carr, D. (2015) Educating gratitude: Some moral and conceptual misgivings. Journal of Moral Education, 44(1), 97-111.

Dr Liz Gulliford

Dr Liz Gulliford is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Northampton . She has a long-standing interest in research on human strengths and her conceptual and empirical work has been published across a range of academic disciplines, including psychology, philosophy and education. Liz strives to the highest standards of excellence in her work and she is passionate about communicating research in an accessible and engaging way to a wide and popular audience. Liz has given a number of invited presentations nationally and internationally to both academic and lay audiences. In the last year, alongside her academic publications,  she has also written four story books for children aged 7 -12 that present the topics of forgiveness, gratitude, courage and hope in a critical yet accessible way.

Liz studied for her doctoral thesis, an interdisciplinary evaluation of positive psychological approaches to strengths and virtues, at Queens’ College, Cambridge.


Example Publications

Gulliford, L. & Roberts, R.C. (2018). Exploring the ‘unity’ of the virtues: The case of an allocentric quintet. Theory and Psychology , 28 (2), 208-226.

Gulliford, L., Morgan, B. & Kristjansson, K. (2013). Recent work on the concept of gratitude in philosophy and psychology. Journal of Value Inquiry, 47 (3), 285-377.

Co- Organisers

Dr Kathi Beier

Dr Kathi Beier is a Junior Fellow in Philosophy at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany. She received her PhD from the University of Erfurt with a dissertation on self-deception (published as Selbsttäuschung with de Gruyter 2010). She has also been Lecturer at the University of Göttingen, Germany, Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna, Austria, and a guest researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium. Her research interests include virtue ethics both old and new, the concept of virtue in Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, as well as issues concerning practical rationality and irrationality.


Example publications

Beier, K. (2019). Why Human Virtue is the Measure of all Virtue. In: Geert Keil, Nora Kreft (Eds.). Aristotle’s Anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 163-181.

Beier, K. (2018). Lying and self-deception. In: Jörg Meibauer (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Lying. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 203-213.

Dr. Martin Hähnel

Dr Martin Hähnel is postdoc (in philosophy) at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany). He is particularly interested in questions of neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics and bioethics. He has published a range of articles in international and German journals, anthologies and handbooks. Recently, Hähnel elaborates a view of benevolence according to which virtuous agents are able to specify their scope of morality.


Example Publications

Hacker-Wright, J.; Lott, M.; Hähnel, M. (2019). Aristotelian Naturalism – Human Nature, Virtue, Practical Rationality. In: Martin Hähnel (ed.), Aristotelian Naturalism – A Research Companion, Cham: Springer forthcoming.

Hähnel, M. (2017). Die Liebe als Tugend oder Gabe? Auf der Suche nach ihrer Spezifität. In: Winfried Rohr (ed.), Die Liebe - Eine Tugend?, Wiesbaden: Springer, 311-333.

Hähnel, M. (2015). Das Prinzip der Unentgeltlichkeit und seine ökonomietheoretische Stellung zwischen Eigen-interesse und Gemeinwoh. In: Zeitschrift für Marktwirtschaft und Ethik/Journal of Markets and Ethics 6, 3-23.

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