Demian Whiting

Dr Demian Whiting

Senior Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Hull York Medical School

Summary

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).

Journal Article

Emotion as the categorical basis for moral thought

Whiting, D. (2018). Emotion as the categorical basis for moral thought. Philosophical psychology, 31(4), (533-553). doi:10.1080/09515089.2018.1456653. ISSN 0951-5089

Qualitative analysis of how patients decide that they want risk-reducing mastectomy, and the implications for surgeons in responding to emotionally-motivated patient requests

Brown, S. L., Whiting, D., Fielden, H. G., Saini, P., Beesley, H., Holcombe, C., …Salmon, P. (2017). Qualitative analysis of how patients decide that they want risk-reducing mastectomy, and the implications for surgeons in responding to emotionally-motivated patient requests. PloS one, 12(5), e0178392. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0178392

On the appearance and reality of mind

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

Evaluating medico-legal decisional competency criteria

Whiting, D. (2015). Evaluating medico-legal decisional competency criteria. Health care analysis, 23(2), 181-196. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10728-013-0258-z

The ethics of distress: Toward a framework for determining the ethical acceptability of distressing health promotion advertising

Whiting, D., & Brown, S. L. (2014). The ethics of distress: Toward a framework for determining the ethical acceptability of distressing health promotion advertising. International Journal of Psychology, 49(2), 89-97. doi:10.1002/ijop.12002

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Whiting welcomes applications in - philosophy of emotion - moral psychology - phenomenal consciousness - medical ethics