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June 3rd, 2019

Molyneux’s Problem

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

June 3rd, 2019

Molyneux’s Problem

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Marjolein Degenaar/ Barry Ginley/ Brian Glenney

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William Molyneux posed the following question: Consider a person who has been born blind and who has learnt to distinguish a globe and a cube by touch. If this person could suddenly see, would they be able to distinguish these objects by sight alone? This seventeenth-century thought experiment, known as ‘Molyneux’s problem’, received attention from some of philosophy’s greatest minds. We discuss how thinkers like Locke and Leibniz, as well as artists with visual impairments, responded to Molyneux’s challenge.

Speakers
Marjolein Degenaar, Author, Molyneux’s Problem: Three Centuries of Discussion on the Perception of Form
Barry Ginley, Equality and Access Adviser, Victoria & Albert Museum
Brian Glenney, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Norwich University

Chair
Clare Moriarty, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy and Teaching Fellow in Philosophy, UCD

In association with the British Society for the History of Philosophy

 

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Forum for Philosophy

Forum for Philosophy is a non-profit organization promoting philosophy. We host events, produce podcasts, and publish an essay series to showcase the work of contemporary academic philosophers from all philosophical traditions, often in conversation with each other and with academics from other disciplines. In all of our activities, we promote thought-provoking discussion of science, art, and politics from a philosophical perspective.

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