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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

Acceptance Date Apr 3, 2016
Publication Date Aug 11, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 9, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 11, 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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Copyright Statement ©2017 University of Hull
Additional Information Copy of article published in: Journal of mind and behavior, 2016, v.37 issue 1.


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