Do things look the way they feel?

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Abstract

Do spatial features appear the same whether they are perceived through vision or touch? This question is at stake in the puzzle that William Molyneux posed to John Locke, concerning whether a man born blind whose sight was restored would be able immediately to identify the shapes of the things he saw. A recent study purports to answer the question negatively, but I argue here that the subjects of the study likely could not see well enough for the result to have been meaningful. I then propose a way to improve the study, by including cues from object motion.

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John Schwenkler
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Observations on Active Touch.James J. Gibson - 1962 - Psychological Review 69 (6):477-491.
Molyneux's Question Redux.Alessandra C. Jacomuzzi, Pietro Kobau & Nicola Bruno - 2003 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 2 (4):255-280.
Kant on Molyneux's Problem.Brigitte Sassen - 2004 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12 (3):471 – 485.
Molyneux' Question Redux.Alessandra Jacomuzzi, Pietro Kobau & Nicolo Bruno - 2003 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 2 (4):255-280.

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