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Dr Demian Whiting


Demian Whiting

Senior Lecturer

Biography Demian Whiting is based in Philosophy and Hull York Medical School, where he is a senior lecturer and academic lead for medical ethics and professionalism. He obtained a PhD in Philosophy in 2002, at Sheffield University, before being appointed Lecturer in Health Care Ethics at Liverpool University in 2003. He moved to Hull in April 2011.
Research Interests Demian's research interests include philosophy of emotion, phenomenal consciousness, moral psychology, and various issues in medical ethics, including decision-making capacity.

Demian's main research focuses on issues arising in philosophy of mind. He is particularly interested in the nature of emotion (he defends the much-disputed view that emotions are non-representational/non intentional feeling states) and how emotion might connect to motivation, moral thought, and the self, and has recently published a book that explores these themes. He is interested also in phenomenal consciousness, including whether there is an appearance/reality distinction in the case of conscious mental states and the way they feel to us (he argues there is not), and the question of whether phenomenal consciousness is the real mark of the mental (he thinks it is).
Scopus Author ID 22982426100