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Daniele Bruno

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 
Deutscher Platz 6 
D-04103 Leipzig 

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 400
email: daniele_bruno@~@eva.mpg.de

Thesis title: Because You Promised: A Non-Reductive Account of the Normativity of Promising

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Research Awards & Funding

Research Interests

  • Normative and Applied Ethics
  • Metaethics
  • Theories of Moral Responsiblity

Curriculum Vitae

Career & Education
Since 12/2020 Postdoctoral Researcher
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Since 10/2020 Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)
Department of Philosophy
University of Potsdam
05/2016 - 09/2020 Doctoral Fellow
Einstein Ethics Group
Einstein Visiting Fellowship R. Jay Wallace
10/2017 - 12/2017 Visiting Research Student
Department of Philosophy
King’s College London
Since 10/2015 PhD Student
Department of Philosophy
Humboldt University Berlin
10/2015 MA in Philosophy
Humboldt University Berlin
10/2013 – 09/2014 Visiting Student (Erasmus)
Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis
10/2012 BA in Philosophy and Social Sciences
Humboldt University Berlin
  • German (mother tongue)
  • English (fluent)
  • Italian (fluent)
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Latin


  • Consent
    Seminar, University of Potsdam
  • Ignorance and Moral Responsibility 
    Graduate Seminar, co-taught with Thomas Schmidt, HU Berlin 
  • Ethics and Neuroscience
    Introductory Seminar, Berlin School of Mind and Brain 
  • Introduction to Philosophy
    Tutorial, Winter 2014/2015


Error Theory, Unbelievability and the Normative Objection (2020). Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy. 17 (2): 219-227.

Trust-Based Theories of Promising (2020). Philosophical Quarterly 70 (280): 443-463.


“A Trilemma for Reductivism about Promissory Normativity”, XXV. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie, FAU Erlangen Nuremberg (rescheduled to September 2021);

“Value-Based Accounts of Normative Powers and the Wishful Thinking Objection”, Research Colloquium for Practical Philosophy, University of Berne (28.10.2020); 1st Munich Graduate Conference in Ethics, Münchner Kompetenzzentrum Ethik, LMU Munich (30.07.2020)

Comments on Sarah Buss: “Why Constitutivist Accounts of Practical Reason Cannot Account for Our Kind of Agency” Conference: Social Agency, Group Agency & Relational Normativity, University of Vienna (28.06.2019)

“What, If Anything, Is Mysterious About Promissory Obligation?”, 8th Humboldt-Princeton Grad Conference, HU Berlin (24.07.2018)

“Promissory Obligation and the Value of Normative Control”, Bern-Zürich Workshop in Moral Theory, University of Bern (01.-02.06.2018); Conference: The Future of Normativity, University of Kent (28.-30.06.2018); 10. Kongress der Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie, University of Cologne (17.-20.09.2018)

“Trust-Based Accounts of Promissory Obligation”, 7th Humboldt-Princeton Grad Conference, HU Berlin (26.-28.07.2017); XXIV. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie, HU Berlin (26.09.2017)

“Being Fully Excused for Wrongdoing”, Workshop in Practical Philosophy, Saarland University, Saarbrücken (01.-02.07.2017); 6th Humboldt-Princeton Grad Conference, Princeton University (07.09.2016)

“Subjective Accounts of Moral Obligation and the Problem of Culpable Ignorance”, Southampton-Humboldt Normativity Conference, University of Southampton (23.06.2017); XXIV. Deutscher Kongress für Philosophie, HU Berlin (25.09.2017)

“Must We Worry about Epistemic Shirkers?”, Gothenburg Responsibility Project Conference, University of Gothenburg, (25.08.2016)

“Zwei Probleme für rechtebasierte Notwehrtheorien” [“Two Problems for Rights-Based Theories of Self Defense”], 3. Tagung für Praktische Philosophie, University of Salzburg, (02.10.2015)

Research Awards & Funding

2014 - 2015 Deutschlandstipendium Fellowship in the Group „Sustainability and Global Justice“, Excellence Cluster IRI THESys.
2015 - 2016 Prodoc Fellowship of the Carl und Max Schneider-Stiftung, Berlin
2016 - 2020 Doctoral Fellow in the Einstein Ethics Group (led by Einstein Visiting Fellow R. Jay Wallace)