Demian Whiting University of Hull

  • Faculty, University of Hull
  • PhD, University of Sheffield, 2002.

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Research interests include philosophy of mind (especially nature of emotion and phenomenological approaches to understanding mind), moral psychology, and various issues in medical ethics.
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    Demian Whiting (forthcoming). On the Appearance and Reality of Mind. Journal of Mind and Behavior.
    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 (...)
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    Demian Whiting (2015). Evaluating Medico-Legal Decisional Competency Criteria. Health Care Analysis 23 (2):181-196.
    In this paper I get clearer on the considerations that ought to inform the evaluation and development of medico-legal competency criteria—where this is taken to be a question regarding the abilities that ought to be needed for a patient to be found competent in medico-legal contexts. In the “Decisional Competency in Medico-Legal Contexts” section I explore how the question regarding the abilities that ought to be needed for decisional competence is to be interpreted. I begin by considering an interpretation that (...)
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  3. Demian Whiting (2012). Are Emotions Perceptual Experiences of Value? Ratio 25 (1):93-107.
    A number of emotion theorists hold that emotions are perceptions of value. In this paper I say why they are wrong. I claim that in the case of emotion there is nothing that can provide the perceptual modality that is needed if the perceptual theory is to succeed (where by ‘perceptual modality’ I mean the particular manner in which something is perceived). I argue that the five sensory modalities are not possible candidates for providing us with ‘emotional perception’. But I (...)
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    Demian Whiting (2011). Abortion and Referrals for Abortion: Is the Law in Need of Change? Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 17 (5):1006-1008.
    In an article published recently in this journal Daniel Hill argues that it is unacceptable that British law allows doctors to refuse to terminate non-emergency pregnancies but not to refuse to refer given that many doctors who are opposed to non-emergency abortion will be opposed also to any action that aids non-emergency abortion, including the action of referral. In this reply, I argue that Hill’s argument fails to describe properly the correct function of the law, which has never been about (...)
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    Demian Whiting (2011). Review of Michelle Maiese, Embodiment, Emotion, and Cognition. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 11.
  6. Demian Whiting (2011). The Feeling Theory of Emotion and the Object-Directed Emotions. European Journal of Philosophy 19 (2):281-303.
    Abstract: The ‘feeling theory of emotion’ holds that emotions are to be identified with feelings. An objection commonly made to that theory of emotion has it that emotions cannot be feelings only, as emotions have intentional objects. Jack does not just feel fear, but he feels fear-of-something. To explain this property of emotion we will have to ascribe to emotion a representational structure, and feelings do not have the sought after representational structure. In this paper I seek to defend the (...)
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    Demian Whiting (2010). Serious Professional Misconduct and the Need for an Apology. Clinical Ethics 5 (3):130-135.
    In this paper I argue that doctors who are found guilty of serious professional misconduct should be required to apologize as a condition of their registration. I argue that such a requirement is to be justified on the basis of the need to protect patients, maintain public confidence in the profession, and declare and uphold proper standards of conduct and behaviour. I also answer an objection that might be made to the position I defend. Finally, I consider whether there should (...)
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    Demian Whiting (2009). Does Decision-Making Capacity Require the Absence of Pathological Values? Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 16 (4):341-344.
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    Demian Whiting (2009). Should Doctors Ever Be Professionally Required to Change Their Attitudes? Clinical Ethics 4 (2):67-73.
    The General Medical Council instructs doctors not to allow their personal beliefs to interfere with their practice. But if attitudes can threaten to impact negatively on a doctor's practice then the question arises: should doctors ever be professionally required to change their attitudes? In this paper I suggest that doctors should be required to amend their attitudes if two conditions are met, namely: (1) the doctor has an attitude that if neglected by the doctor will (or is very likely to) (...)
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    Demian Whiting (2007). Some More Reflections on Emotions, Thoughts, and Therapy. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 13 (3):255-257.
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    Demian Whiting (2007). Why Treating Problems in Emotion May Not Require Altering Eliciting Cognitions. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 13 (3):237-246.
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    Demian Whiting (2007). Inappropriate Attitudes, Fitness to Practise and the Challenges Facing Medical Educators. Journal of Medical Ethics 33 (11):667-670.
    The author outlines a number of reasons why morally inappropriate attitudes may give rise to concerns about fitness to practise. He argues that inappropriate attitudes may raise such concerns because they can lead to harmful behaviours , and because they are often themselves harmful . He also outlines some of the challenges that the cultivation and assessment of attitudes in students raise for medical educators and some of the ways in which those challenges may be approached and possibly overcome.
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  13. Demian Whiting (2006). Standing Up for an Affective Account of Emotion. Philosophical Explorations 9 (3):261-276.
    This paper constitutes a defence of an affective account of emotion. I begin by outlining the case for thinking that emotions are just feelings. I also suggest that emotional feelings are not reducible to other kinds of feelings, but rather form a distinct class of feeling state. I then consider a number of common objections that have been raised against affective accounts of emotion, including: (1) the objection that emotion cannot always consist only of feeling because some emotions - for (...)
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    Demian Whiting (2004). Emotional Disorder. Ratio 17 (1):90-103.
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    Demian Whiting (2001). Philosophical and Ethical Problems in Mental Handicap by Peter Byrne Macmillan Press, 2000, Pp. XIII + 175, £40.00. Philosophy 76 (1):158-174.
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