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Erik Angner PhD

Associate Professor, Stockholm University

Affiliate Researcher, Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm University

Affiliate Faculty, Center for Economic Science, Mason

Research Fellow, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy

Stockholm University

Department of Philosophy

Universitetsvägen 10D #762

106 91 Stockholm, Sweden



Erik Angner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University. His research centers on economic sciences and their relationship to ethics and social and political philosophy. Professor Angner attained two PhDs from the University of Pittsburgh: one in History and Philosophy of Science and one in Economics

Professor Angner's research engages the question “How should people live?” by exploring issues of well-being, rationality, and social order. He addresses this question by studying closely what the best contemporary scientific theories have to say and by developing philosophically defensible answers within the constraints imposed by the theories.  His work consists of multiple components – philosophical, historical, sociological, and empirical – which are continuous with each other. The historical work serves as a means to uncover assumptions that go into economists’ and philosophers’ arguments. The empirical work informs his philosophical, historical, and sociological thinking. And the philosophical clarifies the assumptions that underlie the writings of both historical and contemporary scientists.

Professor Angner has written two books and a number of papers and book chapters published in journals of philosophy, economics, psychology, medicine, and history of science. Draft versions of his papers are available on SSRN or on


Angner, Erik (2016) A Course in Behavioral Economics, 2nd Ed. (London: Palgrave Macmillan) An Italian translation is underway and expected to appear in 2017 

Angner, Erik (2012)  A Course in Behavioral Economics  (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) A Chinese translation is in print and scheduled to appear in 2016 

Angner, Erik (2007)  Hayek and Natural Law  (London: Routledge)

Angner, Erik (2015) “‘To Navigate Safely in the Vast Sea of Empirical Facts’: Ontology and Methodol-ogy in Behavioral Economics,” Synthese 192(11): 3557–3575. 


Angner, Erik (2013) “Is Empirical Research Relevant to Philosophical Questions?,” Res Philosophica 90(3): 343–363. 


Angner, Erik (2013) “Is it Possible to Measure Happiness? The Argument from Measurability,”  Euro-pean Journal for Philosophy of Science 3(2): 221–240. 


Angner, Erik, Jennifer Ghandhi, Kristen Williams Purvis, Daniel Amante, and Jeroan Allison (2013) “Daily Functioning, Health Status, and Happiness in Older Adults,” Journal of Happiness Studies  14(5): 1563–1574. 


Cuffee, Yendelela L., Erik Angner, Norman Oliver, Deborah Plumber, Catarina Kiefe, Jeroan J. Alli-son, and Sandral Hullett (2012) “Does Happiness Predict Medication Adherence among African Americans with Hypertension?,”  Applied Research in Quality of Life 

7(4): 403–412. 


Angner, Erik (2011) “Are Subjective Measures of Well-Being ‘Direct’?,” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 

 89(1): 115–130. 


Angner, Erik (2011) “The Evolution of Eupathics: The Historical Roots of Subjective Measures of Well-being,” The International Journal of Wellbeing  1(1): 4–41. 


Angner, Erik, Sandral Hullett, and Jeroan J. Allison (2011) “‘I’ll Die with the Hammer in my Hand’: John Henryism as a Predictor of Happiness,”  Journal of Economic Psychology  32(3): 357–366. 


Angner, Erik (2010) “Subjective Well-Being,” Journal of Socio-Economics 39(3): 361-368. 


Angner, Erik, Michael J. Miller, Midge N. Ray, Kenneth G. Saag, and Jeroan J. Allison (2010) “Health Literacy and Happiness: A Community-Based Study,” Social Indicators Research 95(2): 325–338. 


Angner, Erik, Midge N. Ray, Kenneth G. Saag, and Jeroan J. Allison (2009) “Health and Happiness Among Older Adults: A Community-Based Study,” Journal of Health Psychology  14(4): 503–512. 


Cobaugh, Daniel J., Erik Angner, Catarina I. Kiefe, Rachel. B. Fry, Midge N. Ray, Cynthia L. LaCivita, Norman W. Weissman, Kenneth G. Saag, and Jeroan J. Allison (2008) “Effects of Racial Differences on Ability to Afford Prescription Medications,”

 American Journal of Health-System Phar-macy  65(22): 2137–2143. 


Angner, Erik (2006) “Economists as Experts: Overconfidence in Theory and Practice,”  Journal of Eco-nomic Methodology 13(1): 1–24. 


Angner, Erik (2004) “Revisiting Rawls:  A Theory of Justice in the Light of Levi’s Theory of Decision,” Theoria 70(1): 3–21. 


Angner, Erik (2004) “Did Hayek Commit the Naturalistic Fallacy?,”  Journal of the History of Economic Thought 26(3): 349–361. 


Angner, Erik (2002) “Levi’s Account of Preference Reversals,” Economics and Philosophy 18(2): 289–304. 


Angner, Erik (2002) “The History of Hayek’s Theory of Cultural Evolution,” Studies in History and Phi-losophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sci-ences 33(4): 695–718. 

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