By Kate E. Tunstall

Blindness and Enlightenment offers a examining and a brand new translation of Diderot's Letter at the Blind. Diderot was once the editor of the Encyclopédie, that computer virus of Enlightenment rules, in addition to a novelist, playwright, paintings critic and thinker. His Letter at the Blind of 1749 is key interpreting for someone attracted to Enlightenment philosophy or eighteenth-century literature since it contradicts a crucial assumption of Western literature and philosophy, and of the Enlightenment specifically, particularly that ethical and philosophical perception depends on seeing. Kate Tunstall's essay courses the reader in the course of the Letter, its anecdotes, principles and its conversational mode of offering them, and it situates the Letter in relation either to the Encyclopédie and to a wealthy culture of writing approximately and, most significantly, speaking and hearing the blind.

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This latter sustains a double line of reason: the reason of constructive ontopoietic unfolding with its innumerable ramifications and varying modalities for inserting the self-individualizing beingness within 22 ANNA-TERESA TYMIENIECKA circumambient forces and vital conditions, and the reason of sharing-in-life that at innumerable opportunities allows life’s virtual cognitive and moral modalities to unfold. But both of these lines of “reasoning” are as it were secondary to the primal essence of the logos of life, which is sentience.

The pain common to all living beings finds, however, its climax in the complex psycho-organic suffering of the human being, where it extends through all the functions of the psyche, informed by imagination and the functions of the mind. While imagination and cogitation play an important role in the qualification, extent, and intensity of suffering, it is their sensory, bodily functional ground that holds the roots of pain. The excruciating suffering of the body challenges endurance, endurance that is maintained through the bastion of our psyche/mind, which interprets situations and calls for heroism of spirit to prevail.

3. The Creation of Our World Means In-carnation in a Body Life means embodiment. The creation of our world means in-carnation in a body. Embodiment calls for two basic dimensions, spacing and timing, to carry out its basic blueprint in generation and becoming, for the reception of the effusion of the logos and its launching as the logos of life. Thus embodiment does not mean inert matter’s taking various shapes. Embodiment does not mean the occupation of space. From its simplest forms (such as a cell), corporeality means sentient motility, which proceeds from its core, wherefrom it is directed.

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