Acta Analytica

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 187–197 | Cite as

Silhouettes are Shadows

  • Jonathan WestphalEmail author


Sorensen’s celebrated problem about the eclipse of Near and Far is given a solution in which what is seen is Far, silhouetted. Near cannot be seen, as it is in the shadow of Far. A silhouette is a shadow. The so–called “Yale Puzzle” is a linguistic confusion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Cognitive Science, Adele Simmons Hall (ASH)Hampshire CollegeAmherstUSA

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