Dr 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, 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.

Recent outputs

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Book

Emotions as Original Existences: A Theory of Emotion, Motivation and the Self

Whiting, D. (2020). Emotions as Original Existences: A Theory of Emotion, Motivation and the Self. Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54682-3

Journal Article

Traumatic Brain Injury with Personality Change: a Challenge to Mental Capacity Law in England and Wales

Whiting, D. (2020). Traumatic Brain Injury with Personality Change: a Challenge to Mental Capacity Law in England and Wales. Psychological Injury and Law, 13(1), 11-18. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12207-019-09366-6

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2018.1456653

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. https://doi.org/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

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).

Postgraduate supervision

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