Silhouettes: A Reply from the Dark Side [Book Review]

Acta Analytica 26 (2):199-211 (2011)
This is a reply to Casey O'Callaghan and Jonathan Westphal’s comments on Seeing Dark Things: The Philosophy of Shadows. Both attempt to soften the blow to intuition that comes from the most controversial thesis of the book: we see the backs of back-lit objects. Each characterizes the viewing of silhouettes as a kind of marginal seeing that only discloses shapes, sizes and location. In response, photographs are presented to show that silhouettes are typically three-dimensional and they often have internal structure. Consider the silhouette of a bird fluttering inside a cage; we see more than the outline of the cage. Orbiting this main point are subsidiary points about the distinction between shade and shadows, the nature of occlusion, the color black, and peculiarities of absent absences
Keywords Silhouette  Shadow  Shade  Occlusion  Euclid  Absence  Black  Causal theory of perception
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 12,745
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA
Briggs Wright (2012). Darkness Visible? Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (1):39 - 55.
Roy Sorensen (2011). Two Fields of Vision. Philosophical Issues 21 (1):456-473.
Similar books and articles
Yukiko Okamoto (2008). Fundamental Problem of Digital Interaction. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 35:37-42.
Désirée Verweij (2002). The Dark Side of Obedience. Professional Ethics 10 (2/3/4):143-158.
Ken Meierdiercks (2005). The Dark Side of the Laptop University. Journal of Information Ethics 14 (1):9-11.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

22 ( #87,407 of 1,410,157 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #155,015 of 1,410,157 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.