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  1. Dan Weijers (2014). Optimistic Naturalism: Scientific Advancement and the Meaning of Life. Sophia 53 (1):1-18.
    Naturalist theories of the meaning of life are sometimes criticised for not setting the bar high enough for what counts as a meaningful life. Tolstoy’s version of this criticism is that Naturalist theories do not describe really meaningful lives because they do not require that we connect our finite lives with the infinite. Another criticism of Naturalist theories is that they cannot adequately resolve the Absurd—the vast difference between how meaningful our actions and lives appear from subjective and objective viewpoints. (...)
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  2. Dan Weijers (2013). Nozick's Experience Machine is Dead, Long Live the Experience Machine! Philosophical Psychology (4):1-23.
    Robert Nozick's experience machine thought experiment (Nozick's scenario) is widely used as the basis for a ?knockdown? argument against all internalist mental state theories of well-being. Recently, however, it has been convincingly argued that Nozick's scenario should not be used in this way because it elicits judgments marred by status quo bias and other irrelevant factors. These arguments all include alternate experience machine thought experiments, but these scenarios also elicit judgments marred by status quo bias and other irrelevant factors. In (...)
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  3. Dan Weijers & Vanessa Schouten (2013). An Assessment of Recent Responses to the Experience Machine Objection to Hedonism. Journal of Value Inquiry 47 (4):461-482.
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  4. Dan Weijers (2012). We Can Test the Experience Machine: Reply to Smith. Ethical Perspectives 19 (1).
     
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  5. Aaron Jarden & Dan Weijers (2011). Wipe That Smile Off Your Face. The Philosophers' Magazine 52 (52):53-58.
    There are enigmas of defining happiness and of discerning what it is that really makes a life go well for someone – topics that positive psychologists have not adequately addressed to date. And this is despite the fact that Ed Diener sees positive psychology as “the endeavour by scientists to answer the classic question posed by philosophers: What is the good life?” What is rarely mentioned by positive psychologists is that, depending on how the specific happiness questions are worded, they (...)
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  6. Dan Weijers (2011). Hedonism. In James Fieser & Bradley Dowden (eds.), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  7. Dan Weijers (2011). The Experience Machine Objection to Hedonism. In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell. 229--231.
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  8. Dan Weijers, David Eng & Ramon Das (2010). Sharing the Responsibility of Dealing with Climate Change: Interpreting the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities. In Jonathan Boston, Andrew Bradstock & David L. Eng (eds.), Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters. Anue Press. 141--58.
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