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On the appearance and reality of mind

Whiting, Demian



According to what I will call the “appearance-is-reality doctrine of mind,” conscious mental states are identical to how they subjectively appear or present themselves to us in our experience of them. The doctrine has had a number of supporters but to date has not received from its proponents the comprehensive and systematic treatment that might be expected. In this paper I outline the key features of the appearance-is-reality doctrine along with the case for thinking that doctrine to be true. I also defend the doctrine from some objections. Finally, I spell out the important metaphysical and epistemological implications of the appearance-is-reality doctrine of mind.


Whiting, D. (2016). On the appearance and reality of mind. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 37(1), 47-70

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 3, 2016
Publication Date Dec 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 9, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 1, 2016
Journal Journal of Mind and Behavior
Print ISSN 0271-0137
Publisher Institute of Mind and Behavior
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 1
Pages 47-70
Keywords Appearance, Reality, Conscious mental state, Phenomenology
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Additional Information Copy of article published in: Journal of mind and behavior, 2016, v.37 issue 1.


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