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Blindness and Enlightenment: An Essay: With a New Translation of Diderot's 'Letter on the Blind' and La Mothe Le Vayer's 'Of a Man Born Blind'
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Blindness and Enlightenment: An Essay: With a New Translation of Diderot's 'Letter on the Blind' and La Mothe Le Vayer's 'Of a Man Born Blind' (Hardback)

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Blindness and Enlightenment presents a reading and translation of Diderots Letter on the Blind for Use by the Sighted (the first translation into English since the eighteenth-century). Diderot was the founder and editor of the Encyclopdie, a novelist, a philosopher and an active proponent of democratic ideals. His Letter on the Blind is essential reading for anyone interested in Enlightenment philosophy or eighteenth-century literature. By discussing the blind, Diderot undercuts a central assumption of the Enlightenment, present in the very term itself in its reference to light, namely that moral and philosophical insight was dependent on seeing.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900Western philosophy: Enlightenment Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation Publication Date: 13/10/2011 ISBN-13: 9781441158031  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Kate E. Tunstall is University Lecturer in French at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Worcestor College. She is Programme Director of Oxford's Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment and is on the Board of Directors of the Oxford Amnesty Lectures. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle and Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard University. She is the editor of the forthcoming Self-Evident Truths?: Human Rights and the Enlightenment. She co-wrote and co-presented (with Caroline Warman) a series of BBC radio programmes on Diderot.

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