MOLYNEUX'S QUESTION

was a question asked by William Molvneux to John Locke: was whether a man born blind but able to distinguish two distinct shapes by feeling them with his hands would be able to distinguish them by sight alone, without also touching them, if he were suddenly able to see., the answer assumes that sense modalities act independently of each other, and therefore the man would not be able to distinguish the shapes without first touching them.

MOLYNEUX'S QUESTION: "Molvneux's question was a question postulated by Williams Molvneux to John Locke in the 15th century pertaining to a blind man and what would happen if he regained vision."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "MOLYNEUX'S QUESTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/molyneuxs-question/ (accessed October 16, 2019).
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