Dr Demian Whiting

Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Professionalism

Role at Hull York Medical School

Demian Whiting is Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Professionalism and Academic Lead for Professionalism at Hull York Medical School. He obtained a PhD in Philosophy in 2002 before taking up the position of Lecturer in Health Care Ethics at Liverpool University. He moved to Hull in April 2011. Demian is a member of several committees, including the HYMS Ethics Committee. He is a member also of the Institute of Applied Ethics at Hull University, as well as the North regional group of the Institute of Medical Ethics.


Demian's research interests include philosophy of emotion, phenomenal consciousness, moral psychology, and various issues in medical ethics. 

Demian's main research focuses on issues arising in 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 not), 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 defining feature of the mental). 

Links to published works can be found here: PhilPapers Profile


Whiting D (forthcoming). Emotion as the categorical basis for moral thought. Philosophical Psychology.

Whiting D (forthcoming). Consciousness and Emotion. In The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness, ed. Rocco J Gennaro. London. Routledge (Invited chapter).

Brown S., Whiting D, Fielden H, Saini P, Beesley H, Holcombe C, Holcombe S, Greenhalgh L, Fairburn L, 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)

Whiting D (2016). On the appearance and reality of mindJournal of Mind and Behavior. 37(1): 47-70.

Whiting D (2015). Evaluating medico-legal decisional competency criteria. Health Care Analysis. 23(2): 181-196.

Brown S and Whiting D (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.

Whiting D (2012). Are emotions perceptual experiences of value? Ratio.  25(1):93-107.

Whiting D (2011) Review of Embodiment, emotion, and cognition by Michelle Maiese. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 11  (Invited review)

Whiting D (2011). Abortion and referral: is the law in need of changing? Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 17 (5):1006-1008

Whiting D (2011). The feeling theory of emotion and the object-directed emotions. European Journal of Philosophy  19 (2):281-3035 (3):130-135

Whiting D (2010). Serious professional misconduct and the need for an apology Clinical Ethics. 5 (3):130-135

Whiting D (2009). Does decision-making capacity require the absence of pathological values? Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, 16: 341-344

Whiting D (2009). Should doctors ever be professionally required to change their attitudes? Clinical Ethics, 4: 67-73

Whiting D (2007). Inappropriate attitudes, fitness to practice, and the challenges facing medical educators. Journal of Medical Ethics, 33: 67-670

Whiting D (2006). Some more reflections on emotions, thoughts, and therapy. Philosophy, Psychiatry,and Psychology, 13: 255-257

Whiting D (2006). Why treating problems in emotion may not require altering eliciting cognitions. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 13: 237-246

Whiting D (2006). Standing up for an affective account of emotion. Philosophical Explorations, 9: 261-276

Whiting D (2004). Emotional disorder. Ratio, 17: 90-103