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.
Journal of Wellbeing, an open access interdisciplinary
academic journal on wellbeing, launched in 2011
and shot to prominence. Our articles have been
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on average in our first ten years. See a summary of our
first ten years here. You can read our most
popular article here.
Many of the best wellbeing scholars
are on our editorial board or have published with us.
See more here.
9 April 2021: I accepted an invitation
from the National Science Center of Poland to review a
major grant application on relationships.
8 April 2021: My paper with Nick Munn,
"Technology as cause of and solution to the empathy
problem", was accepted for a workshop on The Oeuvre of
Sherry Turkle, organised by the Committee for
Communication and Media Theory of the Hungarian Academy
of Sciences. The workshop is on May 27, 2021. The paper
will be published shortly after the workshop.
31 March 2021: I presented Philosophy of
wellbeing (and how it applies to student life) today. It
was part of Wellbeing Week at Waikato University.
31 March 2021: My paper with Mohsen Joshanloo
and Michael Bond was accepted by Personality and
Individual Differences. It's titled: Cultural
Religiosity Moderates the Relationship Between Perceived
Societal Injustice and Satisfaction with One’s Life.
25 March 2021: I was invited to review a book
proposal for Palgrave Macmillan on wellbeing.
25 March 2021: My paper with Nick Munn was
accepted for the ICT, society, and human beings 2021
conference, which is part of the Multi conference on
computer science and information systems 2021. It will
appear in the published proceedings. It's titled: Good
friendships improve our lives. But can virtual
friendships be good?
31 January 2021: I wrote an editorial with Aaron
Jarden celebrating the first ten years of the
International Journal of Wellbeing. See it here.
See all the news from
this website in the News Archive. Link
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.
Other Areas of
- Normative ethics (especially
hedonism, wellbeing, and experimental normative
- 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)
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 review board member for the International Journal
- 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, National Science
Center of Poland, Oxford University Press, Palgrave
Macmillan, Philosophical Frontiers,
Philosophical Psychology, Philosophical
Studies, Politics, Philosophy &
Economics, Quality of Life Research,
Res Philosophica, Springer, Sustainability,
- University of Waikato's
representative in the New Zealand Association of
- Member of the Expert
Group for the Global Happiness Organization. Link
- Executive committee
member for the New Zealand Association of
- 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 (2019-):
- Weijers, Dan &
Munn, Nick (forthcoming). Technology as cause of and
solution to the empathy problem. Proceedings of The Oeuvre
of Sherry Turkle Workshop.
- Munn, Nick &
Weijers, Dan (forthcoming). Good friendships improve
our lives. But can virtual friendships be good? Proceedings
of the ICT, society, and human beings 2021
- Joshanloo, Mohsen,
Weijers, Dan, & Bond, Michael (2021). Cultural
religiosity moderates the relationship between
perceived societal injustice and satisfaction with
one’s life. Personality and Individual Differences,
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2021.110891. Publisher's site. (full access until May 28, 2021)
- Weijers, Dan &
Jarden, Aaron (2021). The International Journal of
Wellbeing: Ten years on and the next ten years. International
Journal of Wellbeing, 11(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.5502/ijw.v11i1.1577
- 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 (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.
- Ulatowski, Joe, Weijers, Dan, &
Sytsma, Justin (2020). Corpus Methods in Philosophy,
The Brains Blog, 15 December 2020. Link
- 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
- 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
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