Catching Berkeley's Shadow

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Berkeley thinks that we only see the size, shape, location, and orientation of objects in virtue of the correlation between sight and touch. Shadows have all of these spatial properties and yet are intangible. In Seeing Dark Things (2008), Roy Sorensen argues that shadows provide a counterexample to Berkeley's theory of vision and, consequently, to his idealism. This paper shows that Berkeley can accept both that shadows are intangible and that they have spatial properties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-36
Number of pages21
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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