Abstract

This essay describes the friendship between Denis Diderot, the Enlightenment philosopher and art critic, and Melanie de Salignac, a seventeen-year-old girl who had been totally blind since her infancy. I compare their discussion of her conceptualizations of visual phenomena to autobiographical accounts by blind people from the 19th century to the present, and to theories about brain plasticity developed by modern cognitive scientists who study images of blind people's brains.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-768X
Print ISSN
0037-783X
Pages
pp. 1243-1262
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-30
Open Access
No
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