On the Appearance and Reality of Mind

Journal of Mind and Behavior 37 (1):47-70 (2016)
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Demian Whiting
University of Hull
Abstract
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 also defend the doctrine from some objections. Finally, I spell out the important metaphysical and epistemological implications of the appearance-is-reality doctrine of mind.
Keywords appearance  reality  conscious mental state  phenomenology
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