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Diderot-Letter on the Blind

Diderot-Letter on the Blind

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Particularsrelativeto
Perfons
born
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and
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who
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Sig~t.·
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into
the
Natnre
oftheir
Ideas,
Knowledge
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isproper
the
public
Ihould
be--
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,
informedof
the
author's
motivefor
writingthe
following
letter.
A
foreign
phyficianof
fomereputation-
hadbills
put
up
atthe
corners
of
all·
theftreetsatParis,thatonfucha,
day
he
wouldgive
fight
toa
girl
who
was
born
blind.
The
philofopherswere
oneandallflrickenatthe
confidence
with
which
this
kindof
prodigy
was..thus
publifhed:and
the"
celebrated
I
Mr.
Diderot
defired
the
phyfician
to
allow
him
thefavour
ofbeing
prefent
,
~at
..
..
..
 
.
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iv
11
REFACE.
...
at
the
operation.It
was
anfwered
that
his
prefencewould,
to
be
.fure,be
a
great
honour
j
however,
dreadingthephilofopher's
keen
eye,
he
per-
formed
theoperation
ill
private
j
but,
at
tlie
fame
time,was
willing
tomake
thehonourof
it
aspublic
as
poflible,
011
this,
the
philofopher
determined
to
lay
open
the
fraud,
which
11e
did
very
..
ingeniouflyin
this
letter;aletter
fior-'
edwith
fuchrefinedideas,
and
Iuch,profound
inveftigations,
that
it
may
well
beaccounted
theftandard
of
-
human
witand
penetration.
The
impeller
11:outly
maintained
his
point,
in
w
hich
he
'was
fo
fecondedby
the
monaflick
Phalanx,
that,
as'provesbut
too
commonly
thecafe,he
got
the
better,and
thephilofopherwasfent
to
Vincennes
-caflle,
But
.

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