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Josef Smękal
A Study of the Blind in Art
(a manuscript)

In this manuscript which consists of two parts I summarise information about how and under which circumstances a blind child or adult can learn about individual arts. An explanation of the principles behind Braille's dot musical notations is included.

I analyse the conditions under which the blind recognise artwork as art, and not only as mere objects, from a specific epistemological viewpoint based on changes in cognition not involving eyesight. Perhaps I avoid a suppositional angle too much, as the experiences of the nineties have shown. I differentiate three basic levels of cognition of the world: factual, aesthetic and artistic. After an extensive theoretical part I involve myself in the opportunities for practical application.

This manuscript from 1967 is written in typescript form. It was not published.

Contains: 224 pages

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