Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 18, 1996)
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for 3 centuries, philosophers have held that wisdom derives from adventure. if that is so, it can be attainable that blind humans, missing a tremendous part of experience--visual perception--know the area in ways in which vary from the remainder of us. excited about this danger, the famous thinker, writer, and BBC host Bryan Magee started to correspond with Martin Milligan, Dean of the Philosophy division on the collage of Leeds, and himself blind approximately on the grounds that delivery. On Blindness provides their interesting letters to one another, letters which, as Magee notes, quickly "hared off" in unexpected instructions, to delve not just into philosophical questions of notion, but in addition into the day by day variations among blind and sighted humans and the way those transformations outline their respective worlds. via those letters, the reader eavesdrops on wonderful thinkers as they combat with vital philosophical matters and speak about every thing from how one can express the beautiful visible fantastic thing about a flamingo-covered African lake, to tasting the "brownness" of espresso, to defining sight as "feeling from a distance," to Milligan's description of his personal goals and their value. a lot of this discussion is kind of thought-provoking, equivalent to Milligan's statement that individuals blind from delivery don't "live in a global of darkness," that they do not also have a experience of what darkness is, nor could a lot of them wish their sight restored. And now and then the exchanges develop into relatively heated, as whilst Milligan makes the philosophical argument that "knowing" and "knowing that" are primarily a similar, that every one wisdom is propositional knowledge--an statement that Magee reveals anathema. Likewise, while Magee claims that changes among the sighted and the blind "can purely be defined as vast," Milligan (who had fought prejudice opposed to the blind all his existence) sends again a passionate rebuttal. the following during their extensive ranging correspondence, Magee and Milligan probe the boundaries of what will be recognized, or expressed, or understood, laying off a lot gentle at the writings of such thinkers as Kant, Russell, Schopenhauer, and Wittgenstein, between others. And as they achieve this, additionally they carry their readers toward knowing what divides the blind and the sighted--and what brings them either jointly within the fight to appreciate the area.