Acta Analytica

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 1-10

First online:

The Reappearing Act

  • István AranyosiAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Bilkent University Email author 

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In his latest book, Roy Sorensen offers a solution to a puzzle he put forward in an earlier article -The Disappearing Act. The puzzle involves various question about how the causal theory perception is to be applied to the case of seeing shadows. Sorensen argues that the puzzle should be taken as bringing out a new way of seeing shadows. I point out a problem for Sorensen’s solution, and offer and defend an alternative view, according to which the puzzle is to be interpreted as showing a new way of seeing objects, in virtue of their contrast with light.


Causal theory of perception Shadows Absences Ontology