Hanno Sauer is an Assistant Professor of Ethics at the Department of Philosophy at Utrecht University and a member of the Ethics Institute.

He studied philosophy and literature at Philipps-Universiät Marburg and Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and holds MA degrees in Philosophy and Literature from Frankfurt, where he graduated with a thesis on the critique of instrumental reason in modern critical social theory. Between 2009 and 2013, he was a PhD student at Leiden University and obtained his doctorate in 2014 from the University of Groningen with a thesis on the psychological foundations of moral judgment and reasoning. From 2013-2015, he was an Assistant Professor of Ethics at Tilburg University, NL; in 2016, he worked as a 'Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter' (research-only) at the Universität Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

His main research interests are in metaethics and moral psychology. He has published papers in Philosophical Studies, The Journal of Ethics, Philosophical Psychology, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and numerous other international journals on a variety of topics such as the emotional basis of moral judgment, dual process models of moral cognition, the psychology of moral reasoning, experimental philosophy or the foundations of political disagreement.

He wrote books on the methodological foundations of critical theory ((Who's Afraid of Instrumental Reason? Instrumentelle Vernunft und die Diagnose sozialer Pathologien. Marburg: Tectum, 2009), empirically informed metaethics (Moral Judgments as Educated Intuitions, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017) and the epistemology of moral judgment (Debunking Arguments in Ethics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and is currently working on his fourth book, which develops a novel account of the nature of moral cognition (Moral Thinking, Fast and Slow. A Triple-Process Account, New York: Routledge, forthcoming).

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For a complete list of publications, please see my cv.

Key publications

Sauer, H.C. (2018). Moral Thinking, Fast and Slow. Routledge.

Sauer, H.C. (2018). Debunking Arguments in Ethics. Cambridge: University Press.

Sauer, H.C. (2017). Moral Judgments as Educated Intuitions. (312 p.). Cambridge, Ma.: MIT Press.

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  2018 - Scholarly publications
Sauer, H.C. (2018). Debunking Arguments in Ethics. Cambridge: University Press.
Sauer, H.C. (2018). Moral Thinking, Fast and Slow. Routledge.
Sauer, H.C. (2018). No excuses for moral realism. Philosophical Studies, 175 (3), (pp. 553-578).
Sauer, H.C., Paldan, Katrin & Wagner, Nils-Frederic (2018). Promoting inequality? Self-monitoring applications and the problem of social justice. AI and Society
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Sauer, H.C. (2017). Between Facts and Norms - Ethics and Empirical Moral Psychology. In Benjamin Voyer & Tor Tarantola (Eds.), Moral psychology - a multidisciplinary guide Cham: Springer.
Sauer, H.C. (2017). Moral Judgments as Educated Intuitions. (312 p.). Cambridge, Ma.: MIT Press.
Sauer, H.C., Köhler, Sebastian & Roughley, Neil (2017). Technologically blurred accountability? Technology, responsibility gaps and the robustness of our everyday conceptual scheme. In Cornelia Ulbert, Peter Finkenbusch, Elena Sondermann & Tobias Debiel (Eds.), Moral Agency and the Politics of Responsibility Routledge.
  2016 - Professional publications
Sauer, Hanno (28.05.2016). Metabolizing cognition. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 108 (2), (pp. 179-182).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Sauer, Hanno (28.08.2015). Can’t we all disagree more constructively? Moral foundations, moral reasoning, and political disagreement. Neuroethics, 8 (2), (pp. 153-169) (17 p.).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Sauer, Hanno (01.12.2014). It’s the Knobe Effect, Stupid! How (and How Not) to Explain the Side-Effect Effect. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 5 (4), (pp. 485-503).
Sauer, Hanno (01.06.2014). The Wrong Kind of Mistake: A Problem for Robust Sentimentalism about Moral Judgment. Journal of Value Inquiry, 48 (2), (pp. 247-269).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Sauer, Hanno & Bates, Tom (01.12.2013). Chairmen, Cocaine, and Car Crashes: The Knobe Effect as an Attribution Error. Journal of Ethics, 17 (4), (pp. 305-330).
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Sauer, Hanno (01.09.2012). Educated intuitions. Automaticity and rationality in moral judgement. Philosophical Explorations, 15 (3), (pp. 255-275).
Sauer, Hanno (01.12.2012). Morally irrelevant factors: What's left of the dual process-model of moral cognition?. Philosophical Psychology, 25 (6), (pp. 783-811).
Sauer, Hanno (2012). Psychopaths and Filthy Desks - Are Emotions Necessary and Sufficient for Moral Judgment?. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 15 (1), (pp. 95-115) (21 p.).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Sauer, H.C. (2011). Social Intuitionism and the Psychology of Moral Reasoning. Philosophy Compass
Sauer, H.C. (2011). The Appropriateness of Emotions. Moral Judgment, Moral Emotions, and the Conflation Problem. Ethical Perspectives, 18 (1).
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