The Question

Sue Rolfe shares her feelings about a theatre installation.

In 1995 Oxford University Press published On Blindness – the letters between philosopher and broadcaster Bryan Magee and the late Martin Milligan, Head of Philosophy at the University of Leeds from 1959-1989. Milligan, who was blind almost from birth, was an active campaigner for the equal treatment and integration into society of blind people.

Magee maintained in his letters that blindness must affect people’s ability to form concepts, interfering for example with the ability to really know a person. Milligan claimed that his lack of sight did not mean his concept of reality was different to Magee’s. Against Magee he argued that a person with fewer senses may still know things which had not been in their own senses, through communication with people who had experienced these things through their senses.

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