Dan Weijers

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Academic Publications

Journal Articles
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Weijers, Dan & Keyser, Vadim (2016). The Varieties and Dynamics of Moral Repugnance: Prediction Markets and Betting on Matters of Life and Death, The Humanities and Technology Review, 35: 91-129. The free official version.
  4. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2016). Religiosity Moderates the Relationship between Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction across the Globe, Social Indicators Research, 128(2): 731-750. Last author version. The official version
  5. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2016). Religiosity Reduces the Negative Influence of Injustice on Subjective Well-being: A Study in 121 Nations, Applied Research in Quality of Life, 11(2): 601-612. Last author version. The official version
  6. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan, Jiang, Ding-Yu, et al. (2015). Fragility of Happiness Beliefs Across 15 National Groups. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(5): 1185-1210. The official version
  7. Weijers, Dan & Richardson, Jennifer (2014). Is the Repugnance about Betting on Terrorist Attacks Misguided? Ethics and Information Technology, 16(3): 251-262. Last author version. The official version.
  8. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2014). Does Thinking about the Meaning of Life Make you Satisfied with Life in a Religious and Globalised World? A 75-Nation Study, Journal of Psychology in Africa (special section on 'Meaning and Relational Well-being'), 24(1): 115-128. My last version. The official version
    • Temporarily (2015) republished in an open access collection of the top 3 most downloaded articles published in each Routledge Behavioral Sciences journal in 2014.
  9. Weijers, Dan and Richardson, Jennifer (2014). A Moral Analysis of Effective Prediction Markets on Terrorism. International Journal of Technoethics, special issue: "Military Technoethics Beyond", 5(1): 28-43. My last version. Official version
    • Republished as Weijers, Dan & Richardson, Jennifer (2014). A Moral Analysis of Effective Prediction Markets on Terrorism. In Human Rights and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (4 volumes). Editor-in-Chief: Mehdi Khosrow-Pour. Information Resources Management Association (USA), Vol. 4, pp. 1720-1736. Official version
  10. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2014). Aversion to happiness across cultures: A review of where and why people are averse to happiness, Journal of Happiness Studies, 15(3): 717-735. My last version.The official version
  11. Weijers, Dan (2014). Optimistic Naturalism: Scientific Advancement and the Meaning of Life, Sophia, 53: 1-18. My last version. The official version
  12. Weijers, Dan  (2014). Nozick's Experience Machine is Dead, Long Live the Experience Machine!, Philosophical Psychology, 27(4): 513-535. My last version. The official version
  13. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2013). The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview, Journal of Social Research and Policy, 4(2). The free official version
    • Republished (In Spanish) as Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2016). The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview, in David Gómez-Álvarez and Víctor Ortiz Ortega (eds.), Policies and Subjective Wellbeing: Happiness in the Public Agenda. Banco de Desarrollo de America Latina and Ariel. Introduction and front stuff.
  14. Weijers, Dan & Schouten, Vanessa (2013). An assessment of recent responses to the experience machine objection to hedonism, Journal of Value Inquiry, 47(4), 461-482. My last version. The official version
  15. Weijers, Dan (2013). Intuitive Biases in Judgements about Thought Experiments: The Experience Machine Revisited, Philosophical Writings, 41(1): 17-31. The free official version
  16. Weijers, Dan (2012). We Can Test the Experience Machine, Ethical Perspectives, 19(2), pp. 261-268. My last version
  17. Turton, Dan (2009). The Real Dirt on Happiness Studies: A Reply to 'The Unhappy thing about Happiness Economics', Real-world Economics Review, 49: 83-89. The free official version
Book Chapters
  1. 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 University Press.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Publisher's site.
  4. 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 author version.
  5. 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 site.
  6. 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 site.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. The official version
  9. Weijers, Dan (2016). Prediction Markets as an Alternative to One More Spy, in Jai Galliott & Warren Reed (eds.), Ethics and the Future of Spying: Technology, Intelligence Collection and National Security, Routledge, pp. 80-92. Last author version. Publisher's site.
  10. Weijers, Dan (2011). Reality Doesn't Really Matter, in Inception and Philosophy, Edited by D. Kyle Johnson, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 92-107. Link
  11. Weijers, Dan (2011). The Experience Machine Objection to Hedonism, in Just the Arguments, Edited by Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 229-231. Link
  12. Weijers, Dan, Eng, David & Das, Ramon (2010). Sharing the Responsibility of Dealing with Climate Change: Interpreting the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities, in Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters, Edited by Jonathan Boston, Andrew Bradstock & David Eng, ANU E Press, pp. 141-158. Link
Other Peer-Reviewed Academic Publications
  1. Weijers, Dan (2013). Prediction Markets, Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. Link
  2. van der Meer, Larah & Weijers, Dan (2013). Educational psychology research on children with developmental disabilities using expensive ICT devices, Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. Link
  3. Weijers, Dan (2011). Hedonism, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available from http://www.iep.utm.edu/hedonism/

Policy White Papers

  1. Weijers, Dan & Mukherjee, Udayan (2016). Living Standards, Wellbeing, and Public Policy, The New Zealand Treasury. Available from: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/government/longterm/fiscalposition/2016/ltfs-16-bg-lswpp.pdf
  2. Weijers, Dan (2012). National Accounts that Make Governments More Efficient by Making Them More Accountable. Available from the official Bhutanese government's website for the UN meeting on 'Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm'. Link
Short Articles and Blog Posts
  1. Weijers, Dan & Munn, Nick (2019). Almonds don’t lactate, but that’s no reason to start calling almond milk juice, The Conversation, 7 August. Link
  2. Buscicchi, Lorenzo & Weijers, Dan (2019). The Paradox of Happiness: The more you chase it the more elusive it becomes, The Conversation, 27 May. Link
  3. Weijers, Dan (2016). Privileging our future hedonic states, The Dance of Reason, 26 September. Link
  4. Weijers, Dan (2015). When the science of happiness meets public policy, can freedom increase?, The Dance of Reason, 28 September. Link
  5. Weijers, Dan (2015). Will we be faithful to our philosophical methodology or our moral values? The experience machine thought experiment in an increasingly virtual world, The Dance of Reason, 2 August. Link
  6. Weijers, Dan (2015). To Push or Not to Push? Should that be the Question?, The Dance of Reason, 15 February. Link
  7. Weijers, Dan (2015). Happy Valentine's Day Baby!, The Dance of Reason, 14 February. Link
  8. Weijers, Dan (2014). The Happiness of Philosophers, The Dance of Reason, 19 October. Link
  9. Weijers, Dan (2014). Does Philosophy Make Us Happy? The Dance of Reason, 12 October. Link
  10. Weijers, Dan (2014). Science, technology, and the meaning of life, The Dance of Reason, 26 February. Link
  11. Weijers, Dan (2011). National Accounts of Well-Being: What Should We Put in the Census?, Social Europe Journal, 15 February 2011. Link
  12. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2011). Wipe that Smile Off Your Face, The Philosopher's Magazine, 52: 53-58. Link
  13. Weijers, Dan, Jarden, Aaron, & Powdthavee, Nattavudh (2011). Promoting Research on Wellbeing, International Journal of Wellbeing, 1(1): 1-3. Link
  14. Weijers, Dan (2010). A Warning to Policy-Makers: What Exactly is Well-Being Anyway?, Social Europe Journal, 10 September 2010. Link
  1. Weijers, Dan, Jarden, A., Angner, E., Burns, G., Chadwick, E., Jose, P., Joshanloo, M., Tarragona, M., & Thin, N. (2013). A Review of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness, International Journal of Wellbeing, 3(2), 213-228. Link
  2. Morrison, Philip & Weijers, Dan (2012). Wellbeing in Wellington: A report on the June 2012 Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference, Policy Quarterly, 8(4), 51-55. Link
  3. Morrison, Philip & Weijers, Dan (2012). Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference: A Report on the June 2012 Conference in Wellington, New Zealand. Available from the Wellbeing and Public Policy website. Link
  4. Weijers, Dan (2010). Bok, Derek, The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being, New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology Newsletter. Link
  5. Weijers, Dan (2010). Bok, Derek, The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being, Metapsychology Online. Link
  6. Turton, Dan (2010). Hanson, Rick, Buddha's Brain: The Practical neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom, Metapsychology Online. Link
  7. Turton, Dan (2009). Kraut, Richard. What is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being, Metapsychology Online. Link
  8. Turton, Dan (2009). Kringelbach, Morten, The Pleasure Center: Trust Your Animal Instincts, Metapsychology Online. Link
  9. Turton, Dan (2008). Frey, Bruno, Happiness: A Revolution in Economics, Metapsychology Online. Link
  10. Turton, Dan (2007). Feldman, Fred, Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties and Plausibility of Hedonism, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 85(2): 338-340. Link
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