At the end of the 18th century, the German physician and philosopher Ernst Platner, reporting an observation made on a man born blind, states that a man deprived of the sense of sight cannot have the category of space. This brief observation soon becomes a privileged reference in the debate on the acquired or innate nature of knowledge. One of the main contributions published in France on this subject is a text by Jules Lachelier on the origin of the notion of space. Although quite unknown, "L'Observation de Platner" (1903) showcases some interesting insights on the problem. By relying on an in-depth understanding of the era's psychological debate, Lachelier gives a new shape to the spiritualist positions formulated on the subject, and ends up reconceptualising the dualism between nativism and empiricism.

Vincenti, D. (2021). Tactile and visual space. Origin of the concept of expanse in Jules Lachelier [Espace tactile et espace visuel. L’origine de la notion d’étendue chez Jules Lachelier]. REVUE DE MÉTAPHYSIQUE ET DE MORALE, 111(3), 385-402 [10.3917/rmm.213.0385].

Tactile and visual space. Origin of the concept of expanse in Jules Lachelier [Espace tactile et espace visuel. L’origine de la notion d’étendue chez Jules Lachelier]

Vincenti, D.
2021

Abstract

At the end of the 18th century, the German physician and philosopher Ernst Platner, reporting an observation made on a man born blind, states that a man deprived of the sense of sight cannot have the category of space. This brief observation soon becomes a privileged reference in the debate on the acquired or innate nature of knowledge. One of the main contributions published in France on this subject is a text by Jules Lachelier on the origin of the notion of space. Although quite unknown, "L'Observation de Platner" (1903) showcases some interesting insights on the problem. By relying on an in-depth understanding of the era's psychological debate, Lachelier gives a new shape to the spiritualist positions formulated on the subject, and ends up reconceptualising the dualism between nativism and empiricism.
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À lafin du XVIIIesiècle, lemédecin et philosophe allemand Ernst Platner, en rapportant une observation faite sur un aveugle-né, affirme qu’un homme privé de la vue depuis la naissance ne peut pas posséder la catégorie de l’espace. Cette courte observation s’affirme bientôt comme référence privilégiée du débat sur la nature acquise ou innée de la connaissance. L’une des principales contributions publiées en France est le texte de Jules Lachelier sur la genèse de la notion d’espace. Texte fort peu connu de la production de l’auteur, « L’Observation de Platner » (1903) renferme des vues originales sur la question. Sur la base d’une connaissance approfondie du débat psychologique de l’époque, Lachelier donne ici une nouvelle forme aux positions spiritualistes formulées sur le problème, en finissant par reconceptualiser le dualisme entre nativisme et empirisme
Jules Lachelier; Spatial extension; Touch; Empiricism; Nativism;
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Vincenti, D. (2021). Tactile and visual space. Origin of the concept of expanse in Jules Lachelier [Espace tactile et espace visuel. L’origine de la notion d’étendue chez Jules Lachelier]. REVUE DE MÉTAPHYSIQUE ET DE MORALE, 111(3), 385-402 [10.3917/rmm.213.0385].
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