Dr Dan Weijers

Dan Weijers

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Qualifications: PhD Philosophy

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About Dan

Office Hours:  By appointment.

Born in England, I have lived most of my life in New Zealand. Before taking up a lectureship at University of Waikato in 2016, I was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Sacramento for two years. Prior to my experience in California, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). I have honours degrees in marketing and philosophy from VUW, as well as an MA and a PhD in philosophy, also from VUW. I currently live in Hamilton (New Zealand) with my children, Eli and Asher.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised


  • Chief Supervisor of PhD student Lorenzo Buscicchi, "The nature, value and paradoxes of pleasure" (2017-2021)
  • Supervisory Panel member of PhD student Paul Hubble, "We are what we make" (2017-2020)
  • Supervisory Panel member of PhD student Kim Southey, "Re-presenting Maori and Indigenous notions of 'Being': challenging notions of mental illness" (2016-2020). Kim won the inaugural best PhD thesis award from the University of Waikato.


  • Supervisor of MA student Linzi Miao, "The Trolley Problem, Intuition, and Moral Psychology" (2021-2022)
  • Co-Supervisor of MA student Jimmy McManus, "A Neo-Aristotelian Theory of Conscientiousness and it’s Empirical Investigation" (2021-2022)
  • Supervisor of MA student Damian Blight, "A Capabilities Approach to Freedom of Employment: Hierarchical capabilities" (2020-2021)

Research Interests

Research Specialties:

  • Normative ethics (especially hedonism and wellbeing)
  • Applied ethics (especially the ethics of prediction markets)
  • Interdisciplinary happiness/wellbeing research (especially wellbeing and public policy, philosophy of happiness science, and conceptions of happiness)
  • Experimental philosophy (especially experimental ethics)

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.

Recent Publications

  • Munn, N., & Weijers, D. (2022). Corporate responsibility for the termination of digital friends. AI and Society. doi:10.1007/s00146-021-01276-z

  • Jarden, R. J., Joshanloo, M., Weijers, D., Sandham, M. H., & Jarden, A. J. (2022). Predictors of Life Satisfaction in New Zealand: Analysis of a National Dataset. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(9), 5612. doi:10.3390/ijerph19095612

  • Joshanloo, M., & Weijers, D. (2021). Correction to: Aversion to Happiness Across Cultures: A Review of Where and Why People are Averse to Happiness (Journal of Happiness Studies, (2014), 15, 3, (717-735), 10.1007/s10902-013-9489-9). Journal of Happiness Studies. doi:10.1007/s10902-020-00347-0

  • Joshanloo, M., Weijers, D., & Bond, M. (2021). Cultural religiosity moderates the relationship between perceived societal injustice and satisfaction with one's life. Personality and Individual Differences, 179(110891). doi:10.1016/j.paid.2021.110891

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Philosophy; Psychology; Social Policy

Normative ethics (especially hedonism, wellbeing, and experimental normative ethics). Applied ethics (especially the ethics of prediction markets). Interdisciplinary happiness/wellbeing research (especially wellbeing and public policy, philosophy of happiness science, and conceptions of happiness)