Blindness and Enlightenment: An Essay

Blindness and Enlightenment: An Essay

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Blindness and Enlightenment presents a reading and a new translation of Diderot's Letter on the Blind. Diderot was the editor of the EncyclopAcdie, that Trojan horse of Enlightenment ideas, as well as a novelist, playwright, art critic and philosopher. His Letter on the Blind of 1749 is essential reading for anyone interested in Enlightenment philosophy or eighteenth-century literature because it contradicts a central assumption of Western literature and philosophy, and of the Enlightenment in particular, namely that moral and philosophical insight is dependent on seeing. Kate Tunstall's essay guides the reader through the Letter, its anecdotes, ideas and its conversational mode of presenting them, and it situates the Letter in relation both to the Encyclopedie and to a rich tradition of writing about and, most importantly, talking and listening to the blind.The relative dates of composition of a#39;Bonnet-makinga#39; and the Letter are unknown: the article appeared after the Letter but it could have been written earlier. This uncertainty allows what is very probably just a simple a€“ and amusinga€“ coincidence to open up a tiny chink of doubt as to ... led him astrayin his youtha#39;, and the same details appear in the reverse order with respect to Saunderson, ofwhom *** tellsanbsp;...

Title:Blindness and Enlightenment: An Essay
Author:Kate E. Tunstall
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2011-08-18


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