Daniel M. Haybron
Associate Professor of Philosophy

I work at the intersection of value theory and psychology. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the connection between human nature and the good life. My research focuses mainly on the psychology of well-being and its connections with issues in ethical and political thought, as well as empirical research on well-being. This work is animated by the conviction that well-being merits a central role in value theory, as it held in much ancient philosophy.

In terms of method, my work varies considerably, ranging from good-old-fashioned armchair philosophy, to thoroughly empirical explorations of psychology.

Currently, my work has several strands, following up in various ways on a recent book, The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being (Oxford, 2008).
  • The social and political dimensions of well-being, with a book in progress, The Good Society
  • The structure of a good life, and the roles of happiness and related values in well-being and a good life, with a book in the early stages, The Good Life
  • Measurement issues in well-being research
  • The importance of social and physical context for human agency and well-being
  • The links between well-being and sustainability, with a short book, Our Pursuit of Happiness, in early stages
A new book, Happiness: A Very Short Introduction, is out with Oxford University Press. 


Department of Philosophy
Saint Louis University
3800 Lindell Blvd., Rm. 130
St. Louis, MO 63108

Office phone: 314-977-3150
Fax: 314-977-3696
Email: haybron AT gmail DOT com

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