Philosophy and the Science of Happiness
Erik Angner (Stockholm University)

February 7, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Rotman Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

251 Dundas St
London
Canada

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Each year, the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and the Department of Philosophy at Western University organize a public lecture series, co-sponsored with the London Public Library. The theme for this year’s lecture series is happiness and well-being. The four speakers taking part in this year’s series have expertise in a range of fields–ethics, feminist philosophy, philosophy of science, and sociology–and will address the theme from unique perspectives. All lectures will be held in the Stevenson & Hunt Room at Central Library, on Thursday evenings, from 7 – 8:30 pm, on the dates listed below. Attendance will be free and open to the general public.

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The “science of happiness” explores who’s happy and why, and it’s never been hotter or more controversial. But what is happiness, and why does it matter? The answers turn out to be difficult and philosophically interesting, and serve to show the value of philosophical reflection to the practicing scientist.

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Erik Angner is Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University. As a result of serious mission creep, he holds two PhDs – one in Economics and one in History and Philosophy of Science – both from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of two books, Hayek and Natural Law (2007) and A Course in Behavioral Economics, 2nd Ed. (2016), as well as multiple journal articles and book chapters on behavioral and experimental economics, the economics of happiness, and the history, philosophy, and methodology of contemporary economics.

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