The 4th Annual Australasian Experimental
Philosophy Conference will be held on 6-7
December 2019 at the University of Waikato, Hamilton,
New Zealand. Registration is free, but spots are
limited. More details here.
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academic journal on wellbeing, launched in 2011
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Many of the best wellbeing scholars
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26 November 2019: I presented on
Significant Learning Experiences in Every Lecture at
LearnFest19 in Hamilton. Video
25 September 2019: I gave a talk to University of
Waikato Students for Mental Health Week: Quarterlife
Crisis, Wellbeing, and the Meaning of Life.
23 September 2019: I gave a guest lecture at
Rototuna High School about commonsense morality.
17 September 2019: My family welcomed a former
refugee family from Afghanistan. We are sponsoring their
settlement. They are wonderful and we are learning a
15 September 2019: My chapter on how to teach
wellbeing or quality of life from a philosophical
perspective is now published in the Springer book: Teaching
Quality of Life in Different Domains (edited by
Graciela Tonon). See it here.
12 September 2019: I was invited to be a member
of the International Editorial Board of Rowman &
Littlefield's book series on Behavioural Applied Ethics
by series editor, Malik Bozzo-Rey.
12 September 2019: I gave a guest lecture in
Justin Sytsma's experimental philosophy course and a
Staff Seminar on the Deceived Businessman thought
experiment at Victoria University of Wellington.
10 September 2019: Reviewing a book proposal for
Oxford University Press.
30 August 2019: My article on the paradox of
happiness (with Lorenzo Buscicchi) has been selected to
be published in a book featuring the top 50 (out of
3,960) articles from The Conversation this year.
Original article here.
27 August 2019: Nick Munn and I argue why almond
milk shouldn't have to be called almond juice at The
Conversation. Read it here.
20 July 2019: Aaron Jarden presented our talk,
"Wellbeing and public policy in New Zealand" in the
Positive Systems and Positive Policy: Wellbeing Science
and Positive Psychology at Scale at the 6th World
Congress of Positive Psychology in Melbourne.
See all the news from
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As of February 2019, I am a permanent Senior
Lecturer (effectively a tenured research ant teaching
position) in the Philosophy Programme at the University
of Waikato, in New Zealand. Previously, I was an
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State
University, Sacramento, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in
the Philosophy Department at Victoria
University of Wellington. I was born in England,
lived in New Zealand for 20 years, California for 2 years,
and now live near Hamilton, New Zealand with my wife,
Linda, and two sons, Eli and Asher.
Other Areas of
- Normative ethics (especially
hedonism, wellbeing, and experimental normative
- Applied ethics (especially the ethics of
prediction markets; e.g. ipredict)
- Interdisciplinary happiness/wellbeing research
(especially wellbeing and public policy, philosophy of
happiness science, and conceptions of happiness)
Political Philosophy, Public Policy, Experimental
Philosophy, Climate Justice, Moral Psychology,
Philosophy of Psychology, Bioethics, Neuroethics,
Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy
of Law, Business Ethics, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Social
Psychology, Behavioral Economics, and The Meaning of Life.
Current Academic Roles:
- Founding co-editor
of the International
of Wellbeing. Link
- International editorial board member of
Rowman & Littlefield's book series on
"Behavioural Applied Ethics"
- Editorial advisory board member for the
Journal of Philosophy of Emotion
- Editorial review board member for the International Journal
- Peer reviewer for Anxiety,
Stress, & Coping, Australasian Journal of
Philosophy, Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and
Economics, Ergo, Ethical Theory and Moral
Practice, Ethics and Social Welfare, International
Journal of Technoethics, International
Journal of Wellbeing, Journal of Cultural
Economics, Journal of Ethics and Social
Philosophy, Journal of Social Philosophy,
Journal of the American Philosophical Association,
Journal of Value Inquiry, Methods in
Psychology, Oxford University
Press, Philosophical Frontiers, Philosophical
Psychology, Philosophical Studies, Politics,
Philosophy & Economics, Quality of Life
Research, Res Philosophica, Springer,
Sustainability, and Utilitas.
- University of Waikato's
representative in the New Zealand Association of
- Member of the Expert
Group for the Global Happiness Organization. Link
- Editor of the New
Zealand Association of Philosophers Blog (currently under
- Founding director of
the New Zealand Wellbeing Researchers Network
(currently under development). Link
- Examining what we value about our lives when we
really think about it. An experimental philosophy book
project with Peter Unger
- Deconstructive Replication - an empirical
method for evaluating the fitness for purpose of
thought experiment-audience pairings
- Investigating famous 2-option moral thought
experiments (starting with trolley problems) using
experimental philosophy to assess what differences, if
any, several-option versions of the scenarios make (in
conjunction with Peter Unger and Justin Sytsma)
- Several papers on the deceived businessman and
the experience machine (in defense of hedonism)
- The freebie problem - a structural problem
present in many famous philosophical thought
- A Cross-cultural and mixed methods
investigation of conceptions of happiness and
well-being with Mohsen Joshanloo
- An empirical paper comparing the happiness of
philosophers to non-philosophers (it doesn't look good
for philosophers!) with Matthew McDonald and Aaron
My PhD (entitled Hedonism and Happiness in Theory and
Practice) examines various topics at the intersection of
happiness and philosophy. Many chapters are
interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from psychology,
economics and other disciplines.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications (2017-):
- Buscicchi, Lorenzo
& Weijers, Dan (Forthcoming-November 2019). The
paradox of happiness: the more you chase it the more
elusive it becomes, in John Watson (ed.), The
Conversation Yearbook 2019: 50 standout articles
from Australia’s top thinkers. Melbourne
- Weijers, Dan (2020).
Teaching well-being/quality of life from a
philosophical perspective, in Graciela Tonon (ed.),
Teaching Quality of Life in Different Domains.
Springer, pp. 15-42.
- Joshanloo, Mohsen &
Weijers, Dan (2019). Islamic Perspectives on
Wellbeing, in Louise Lambert & Nausheen
Pasha-Zaidi (eds.), Positive Psychology in the
GCC Nations (and beyond): An Introduction to
Research, Policy, and Practice.
Springer, pp. 237-256.
- Joshanloo, Mohsen, Weijers, Dan (2019)
A two-dimensional conceptual framework for
understanding mental well-being. PLoS ONE,
14(3): e0214045. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0214045
- Weijers, Dan & Morrison,
Philip, S. (2018). Wellbeing and Public Policy: Can
New Zealand be a Leading Light for the Wellbeing
Approach?, Policy Quarterly, 14(4): 3-12.
The free official version.
- Weijers, Dan (2018).
Prediction Markets, in Robert W. Kolb (ed.), The
SAGE Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society:
2nd edition. Sage, pp. 2716-2718. Last
- Weijers, Dan &
DiSilvestro, Russell (2017). The Morality of
Experience Machines for Palliative and End of Life Care,
in Mark Silcox (ed.), Experience Machines: The
Philosophy of Virtual Worlds. Rowman &
Littlefield, pp. 183-201. Last
author version. Publisher's
- Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2017).
Wellbeing Policy: An Overview, in Mike Slade,
Lindsay Oades & Aaron Jarden (eds.), Wellbeing,
Recovery and Mental Health. Cambridge
University Press, pp. 24-34. (This chapter
reproduces some of the material from Weijers,
Dan & Jarden, Aaron. The Science
of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview). Last
author version. Publisher's
- Weijers, Dan &
Jarden, Aaron (2017). The International Journal of
Wellbeing: An Open Access Success Story,
in Rajiv Jhangiani & Robert Biswas-Diener
(eds.), Open: The Philosophy and Practices
that are Revolutionizing Education and Science.
Ubiquity Press, pp. 181-194. Last
author version. Free
official version of whole book.
- Michalos, Alex & Weijers, Dan (2017).
Western Historical Traditions of Well-Being, in
Richard Estes and Joseph Sirgy (eds.), The
Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global
History, Springer, pp. 31-57. Last
author version. Publisher's
- See the full list here
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Why Contact Me?
interest to me is making contact with other wellbeing
researchers. Especially for the following reasons:
you are interested in being a peer reviewer for or
potential contributor to the International
you are an editor of a philosophy or wellbeing-related
project looking for a contributor
you are interested in collaborating on theoretical, interdisciplinary, empirical, or
experimental wellbeing research
you are looking for an expert on happiness and wellbeing
to make a comment about news, policies, or events