Saturday, 11 April 2015

REMINDER OF ANOTHER WORLD

Deaf-blind in the Soviet Union
I had no interest in defectology, and had never thought about the education of the blind and deaf as a problem for philosophy.

This comes from a very nicely expressed little article on the philosophy of deaf-blindness in the former Soviet Union, by Justin E. H. Smith, evoking a world that I now barely recall.

I do hope that this branch of defectology survives in some form and that it has passed on a healthy inheritance.

I do not necessarily agree with the author's conclusion. Still, whatever turns you on.

All the same, any informed, serious consideration of Soviet defectology and its implications always raises the bar. And as I once found myself, personal contact with one of the Zagorsk four is truly mind-expanding.

I wish that people would write about motor disorder at the same level (from whatever standpoint).

Reference

Smith, J. E. J (2014) Cactus Life, Cabinet, no 53, pp. 41-44

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