Book on blindness, ‘Seeing With the Hands’, now with Edinburgh UP

As the book progressed, the original idea of a quirky history with some cross-over readership started to mutate into something more historically and philosophically consistent. My reading around Descartes and Locke especially added some necessary epistemological context, whilst a recent translation of an essay by Grosrichard (originally in Cahiers pour L’Analyse) where the Molyneux Question is regarded as a ‘pre-scientific experiment’ and ‘a new type of psychology’ (2012:210) which was then addressed empirically through cataract surgery, has further strengthened the dialogue between philosophy and a nascent psychology when it comes to the central issue: the possibilities of cross-modal perception and what has come to be termed, especially in technologies for sensory impairments, as ‘sensory substitution’.

So I’m delighted to announce that Edinburgh University Press is the new home for this project. It is now contracted and titled: Seeing with the Hands: Blindness, Vision and Touch after Descartes. I have been very impressed with their list, there are some fascinating book series for such a small press, effectively, and my friend Tom Sparrow has recently had his book The End of Phenomenology published with them. I was also very impressed with editors and their handling of the materials. The manuscript will be on its way to them in the Spring, if not before.

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