Demian Whiting

Dr Demian Whiting

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 466650

Demian Whiting is based in Philosophy and Hull York Medical School. 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. 

Demian's main research focuses on the philosophy of mind. He is particularly interested in the nature of emotion (he argues that emotions are non-representational/non intentional feeling states) and how emotion might connect to motivation, moral thought, and the self (he believes emotion is centrally involved in all of these things), and is currently working on 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 no such distinction), and the question of whether phenomenal consciousness is the real mark of the mental (he believes there are powerful reasons to think it is the mark of the mental). 


Research Interests

  • Philosophy of emotion

  • Phenomenal consciousness

  • Moral psychology

  • Medical ethics

Research groups

Member of the

  • Institute of Applied Ethics (Hull)

  • European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotion


Whiting, D. 'Emotion as the categorical basis for moral thought'. Philosophical Psychology. In Press.

Whiting D, 'Consciousness and Emotion', invited chapter for The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness, ed. Rocco Genarro, Routledge: London, forthcoming 2018.

Whiting D, 'On the appearance and reality of mind', Journal of Mind and Behavior, vol 37, pp 47-70, 2016

Whiting D, 'Are emotions perceptual experiences of value?' Ratio. vol. 25, no. 1, 2012, 93-107

Whiting D, 'The feeling theory of emotion and the object-directed emotions', European Journal of Philosophy, vol 19, pp 281-30, 2011

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Medical Ethics and Professionalism (academic lead)

Research PhDs

Dr Whiting welcomes applications in

  • philosophy of emotion

  • moral psychology

  • phenomenal consciousness

  • medical ethics

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Sheffield Hallam (1997)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hertfordshire)

  • PhD (Sheffield)