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Seeing with the HandsBlindness, Vision and Touch After Descartes$
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Mark Paterson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474405317

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405317.001.0001

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On Questioning Blindness and What the Blind ‘See’

On Questioning Blindness and What the Blind ‘See’

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(p.1) Introduction On Questioning Blindness and What the Blind ‘See’
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Seeing with the Hands
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Mark Paterson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405317.003.0001

Introducing three types of ‘blindness’. Firstly, its conception as a philosophical problem in the Enlightenment. This hinges on the so-called Molyneux Question posed by Molyneux to John Locke. Therefore, the second form of blindness is hypothetical. In its original form, the Molyneux Question explicitly instantiates the Foucauldian mythical experience of the ‘man born blind restored to light’. Thirdly, ‘actual’ blindness, which examines definitions of blindness as opposed to vision impairment.

Keywords:   Molyneux question, Vision impairment, Blindness, Hypothetical blind man

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