Université d'Erfurt

International Conference: The Shadow Side of Gratitude


List of Speakers

  •  Henning Freund: Professor of Psychology of Religion at the Evangelische Hochschule TABOR in Marburg, Germany
  • Liz Gulliford: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Northampton, UK
  • Liz Jackson: Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Hongkong, China
  • Jörg Löschke: Professor of Philosophy, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • Terrance McConnell: Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
  • Blaire Morgan: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Worcester, UK
  • Johannes Nickl: Graduate Assistant at the Chair of Philosophy, University of Passau, Germany
  • Thomas Nisters: Professor of Practical Philosophy and Didactics of Philosophy, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Mees van Hulzen: Doctoral Student in Philosophy at the Institute of Cultural Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Philip Watkins: Professor of Psychology, Eastern Washington University, USA

 Wednesday, July 3rd


2.00pm – 2.30pm:Welcome


2.30pm – 3.30pm:


Terry McConnell: "Inapt Gratitude"


3.30pm – 4.00pm:

Coffee Break


4.00pm – 5.00pm:

Henning Freund: "Gratitude on the Dark Side of Life: What Can We Learn from Clients in Psychotherapy?"


5.00pm – 5.30pm:

Coffee Break


5.30pm -     6.30pm:

Philip Watkins: "Pathologies of Gratitude"



Public Lecture by Marie- Luise Raters (in German): "Von Gutmenschen, guten Menschen und geflüchteten Menschen. Überlegungen zur Dankbarkeit".The lecture will take place at the Max Weber Centre, Steinplatz 2, Room 805. The exact address, an abstract of the lecture and information about the speaker can be found unter 'Public Lecture'.


Thursday, July 4th


9.30am – 10.30am: 

Johannes Nickl: "Gratitude as a ‚Sacred Duty‘? Looking at Gratitude from a Kantian Perspective"


10.30am – 11.00am:

Coffee Break


11.00am - 12.00pm

Thomas Nisters: "Gratitude, Anger and the Horror of Asymmetry"


12.00pm – 2.00pm:



2.00pm – 3.00pm:

Mees van Hulzen: "Two Kinds of Gratitude"


3.00pm – 3.30pm:



3.30pm – 4.30pm:

Liz Gulliford and Blaire Morgan: "Ingratiation: Gratitude's Vicious Cousin"


5.00pm – 6.30pm:

Free time / Network Meeting Character Education 1



Conference Dinner


Friday, July 5th


9.30am –10.30am:Jörg Löschke: "Instrinsically Bad Gratitude"


10.30am – 11.00am:


Coffee Break


11.00am – 12.00pm:

Liz Jackson: "Gratitude as a Moral Virtue and its Implications for Civic amd Social Education)


12.00am – 12.30pm:

Closing remarks


12.30pm – 2.30pm:

Lunch, Conference speakers depart


2.30pm – 4.30pm:

Network Meeting Character Education 2



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