William Moyneux's Argument Analysis

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William Molyneux (1656-1698) was an Irish philosopher who ignited the debate regarding the interdependence of an individual’s senses. After his wife lost her sense of sight during their first year of marriage, Molyneux proposed the debatable concept by asking fellow philosopher and friend, John Locke, the following question: “Suppose a Man born blind, and now adult, and taught by his touch to distinguish between a Cube, and a Sphere of the same metal, and nighly of the same bigness, so as to tell, when he felt one and t’other, which is the Cube, which the Sphere. Suppose then the Cube and Sphere then placed on a Table, and the Blind Man to be made to see. Quære, Whether by his sight, before he touch’d them, he could now distinguish, and…show more content…
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