Mind, Technology, and Society Talk Series


Dan Weijers
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Sacramento State

Time/Date: 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, March 9th, 2015

Location: Wawona, SSM 117

Title: “Are philosophers happy, and does philosophy make them happy?”


In this talk, I’ll report on three sets of data, each of which sheds some light on the relationship between philosophy and happiness. One data set is large and international. Another is medium sized and local. And, the last is a small local controlled experiment. Taken together, the data sets span students to full professors. I’ll use these data to present what I believe are the first empirically-based answers the following questions: Are philosophers happy? Are philosophers more or less happy than non-philosophers? And, does engaging in philosophy make people more or less happy?


Dan Weijers is a philosopher who specializes in the topic of happiness, or wellbeing. In 2014 he joined Sacramento State from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, where he was a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow. He has over 40 publications, many of them targeting the topic of happiness from an interdisciplinary perspective. His work has been discussed in Scientific American, The New York Daily News, LiveScience.com, and many other places. He is the founding co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing. See his website for more details: http://www.danweijers.com/ .