Touch: Sensing, Feeling, Knowing (Leeds Sadler Seminars)

The Humanities Research Centre at the University of Leeds, UK has a fascinating series of talks in their Sadler Seminar Series this year. Under the theme ‘Touch: Sensing, Feeling, Knowing’, a rich mixture of philosophers, psychologists and others are presenting, and the talks are convened by Professor Helen Steward (Philosophy), Dr Amelia DeFalco (English) and Dr…

‘Seeing With the Hands’ Book: Now Available

My book Seeing With the Hands: Blindness, Vision and Touch after Descartes is out now with Edinburgh University Press [link]. In the USA it is distributed by Oxford University Press [link]. You can buy it from Amazon UK or Amazon US. The back cover text is reproduced below: A literary, historical and philosophical exploration of…

The Tongue Display Unit (TDU) at UPMC: seeing with the tongue?

Courtesy of staff at University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center (UPMC), in September 2013 I was invited to the Sensory Substitution Lab to do something that I have wanted to do for years: have a hands-on experience with a device that I have written about. WICAB’s ‘BrainPort’ is a ‘sensory substitution’ device that translates a visual feed from a camera…

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…

Blindness and ‘feeling seeing’ article

My article “Blindness, empathy and ‘feeling seeing’” published recently in Emotion, Space and Society, it turns out, has been viewed 200 times. Thanks to the automated metrics of the Elsevier dashboard, I now know this. That’s pretty good. Take a look at the article here. There has been a change of Editors and some additions to the Editorial…

World Blind Union Newsletter – Article

‘Seeing with the hands’: Philosophical Approaches to Touch and Blindness This is the 700 word article that I was asked to write for the Newsletter of the World Blind Union. This was an opportunity to speak to a non-sighted readership about some of the issues, concepts and ideas in my forthcoming book Seeing With the…

BBC Spotlight: Blind man perceiving an elephant

In May I was interviewed on a local news programme for the South West of England, BBC Spotlight. The story concerns a blind man in Paignton Zoo encountering a real elephant for the first time. Although I was interviewed in the TV studio for a while, I only appear for seconds – oh well. The…