Dan Weijers

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The 4th Annual Australasian Experimental Philosophy Conference was held on 6-7 December 2019 at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. More details here.

International Journal of Wellbeing,
an open access interdisciplinary academic journal on wellbeing, launched in 2011 and shot to prominence. Our articles have been downloaded over 571,000 times and cited over 2,800 times in our first six years. An article published in 2012 has over 500 citations (see it here). Many of the best wellbeing scholars are on our editorial board or have published with us. See more here.

Latest News

21 September 2020: My paper on
How to Deal with Public Rejection of New Potentially Life-saving Technologies will be published in the Routledge book
Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War. Thanks very much to the editors, especially Reuben Steff. The book will be available from 13 December 2020 here.

7 July 2020: I was interviewed by Sarah Dunning for her series on what wellbeing researchers do on their Sundays. You can read it here.

1 July 2020:
I have picked up the role of Deputy Convener of the Academic Planning Committee for the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology, & Social Sciences at the University of Waikato.

15 June 2020:
I have picked up the role of Teaching Excellence Awards Coordinator for the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology, & Social Sciences at the University of Waikato.

4 June 2020:
I reviewed a book proposal for Cambridge University Press today.

27 May 2020: I signed the publisher's agreement for my invited chapter in Springer's forthcoming Festschrift for Ruut Veenhoven. The chapter analyses his famous "four qualities of life" from a modern philosophical perspective.

18 May 2020:
Today was the start of
Corpus Fortnight, a 14-day online conference with one presentation per day on experimental corpus analysis. I  co-organised this event with Joe Ulatowski and Justin Sytsma (under the banner of the Australasian Experimental Philosophy Group). Details here.

See all the news from this website in the News Archive. Link

Summary Academic Information

As of February 2019, I am a permanent Senior Lecturer (effectively a tenured research and 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.

Research Specialties:
  • Normative ethics (especially hedonism, wellbeing, and experimental normative ethics)
  • Applied ethics (especially the ethics of prediction markets; e.g. PredictIt)
  • Interdisciplinary happiness/wellbeing research (especially wellbeing and public policy, philosophy of happiness science, and conceptions of happiness)
Other Areas of Interest:
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 Journal 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 of Technoethics
  • Peer reviewer for Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, Canadian 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 Philosophers
  • Member of the Expert Group for the Global Happiness Organization. Link
  • Editor of the New Zealand Association of Philosophers Blog (currently under development). Link
  • Founding director of the New Zealand Wellbeing Researchers Network (currently under development). Link
Current Projects/Research:
  • 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 experiments
  • 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 Jarden
PhD Topic:
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.

Selected Recent and Forthcoming Publications (2017-):
  • Weijers, Dan (2021). "Chapter 15. “Just wrong,” “disgusting,” “grotesque”: How to Deal with Public Rejection of New Potentially Life-saving Technologies", in Steff, R., Soare, S., & Burton, J. (eds.), Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War. Routledge, pp. 254-272. Publisher's site. Last author version.
  • Weijers, Dan (2021). Wellbeing and the four qualities of life. In A. C. Michalos (ed.), The Pope of Happiness: A Festschrift for Ruut Veenhoven. (pp. xxx-yyy). Springer. Publisher's site. Last author version.
  • 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. Publisher's site. My chapter.
  • Buscicchi, Lorenzo & Weijers, Dan (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, pp. 140-143. Publisher's site. Republishing of Buscicchi, Lorenzo & Weijers, Dan (2019). The Paradox of Happiness: The more you chase it the more elusive it becomes, The Conversation, 27 May. Link.
  • 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 author version.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 site
  • See the full list here



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Dan Weijers
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University of Waikato,
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New Zealand

Why Contact Me?
Of particular interest to me is making contact with other wellbeing researchers. Especially for the following reasons:

 - If you are interested in being a peer reviewer for or potential contributor to the International Journal of Wellbeing

 - If you are an editor of a philosophy or wellbeing-related project looking for a contributor

 - If you are interested in collaborating on theoretical, interdisciplinary, empirical, or experimental wellbeing research

 - If you are looking for an expert on happiness and wellbeing to make a comment about news, policies, or events

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