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).
A new book, Happiness: A Very Short Introduction, is just out from Oxford University Press.