Seeing Dark Things by Roy Sorensen
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Seeing Dark Things
By Roy Sorensen

Seeing Dark Things

The Philosophy of Shadows

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Seeing Dark Things by Roy Sorensen

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If a spinning disk casts a round shadow does this shadow also spin? When you experience the total blackness of a cave, are you seeing in the dark? Or are you merely failing to see anything (just like your blind companion)? Seeing Dark Things uses visual riddles to explore our ability to see shadows, silhouettes, and black birds-plus some things that are only metaphorically "dark" such as holes. These dark things are anomalies for the causal theory of perception which states that anything we see must be a cause of what we see. This orthodoxy successfully explains why you see the front of this page rather than its rear. However, the causal theory has trouble explaining how you manage to see the black letters on this page. The letters are made visible by the light they fail to reflect rather than the light they reflect. Nevertheless, Roy Sorensen defends the causal theory of perception by treating absences as causes. His fourteen chapters draw heavily on common sense and psychology to vindicate the assumption that we directly perceive absences. Seeing Dark Things is philosophy for the eye. It contains fifty-nine figures designed to prompt visual judgment. Sorensen proceeds bottom-up from observation rather than top-down from theory. He regards detailed analysis of absences as premature; he hopes a future theory will refine the pictorial thinking stimulated by the book's riddles. Just as the biologist pursues genetics with fruit flies, the metaphysician can study absences by means of shadows. Shadows are metaphysical amphibians with one foot on the terra firma of common sense and the other in the murky waters of non-being. Sorensen portrays the causal theory of perception's confrontation with the shadows as a triumph against alien attack-a victory that deepens a theory that resonates so strongly with common sense and science. In sum, Seeing Dark Things is an unorthodox defense of an orthodox theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195326574
ISBN-10: 0195326571
Format: Hardback
(217mm x 146mm x 22mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Roy Sorensen

Seeing Dark Things by Roy Sorensen Seeing Dark Things, Paperback (June 2011)

Roy Sorensen here defends the causal theory of perception by treating absences as causes. He draws heavily on common sense and psychology to vindicate the assumption that we directly perceive absences.

Brief History of the Paradox by Roy Sorensen Brief History of the Paradox, Paperback (January 2005)

Covers the entire history of philosophy, from the Greeks, through the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, and the twentieth century, showing how individual philosophers have each grappled with a particular paradox

Vagueness and Contradiction by Roy Sorensen Vagueness and Contradiction, Paperback (June 2004)

Roy Sorensen presents a lively original treatment of the ancient problem of vagueness. There may seem to be vagueness in the way the world is divided up, but Sorensen argues that the divisions are in fact sharp - it's just that we often don't know where they are, and so find this hard to believe.

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Author Biography - Roy Sorensen

Roy Sorenson is a Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College. He is also the author of A Short History of the Paradox, Vagueness and Contradiction, and Thought Experiments.

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