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Seeing Dark Things: The Philosophy of Shadows Hardcover – 17 Jan 2008

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Sorensen's book provokes thoughts about the nature and significance of seeing. His Eclipse Riddle is intriguing, as are the general questions he raises about seeing dark things. There are no easy answers to these questions. I enjoyed reading Sorensen's book, and thinking about the issues it raises. Others will too. (Richard Price, Mind)

Sorensen is an extraordinarily fertile and imaginative philosopher, drawing widely on philosophy, physics, biology and vision science to mine his chosen quarry. His arguements, anecdotes and examples are always engaging. Add them to his effortless style and you have a rare commodity - a book of serious philosophy that many non-professionals will enjoy (Ian Phillips, Times Literary Supplement)

Seeing Things is a marvellous book...Sorensen has a remarkable gift for uncovering puzzles and raising hard questions. Whether or not one agrees with his conclusions is far less important than the philosophical insight one gains by reflecting on his riddles. (Ian Phillips, Times Literary Supplement)

Sorensen's book is certainly fascinating and richly thought-provoking... he argues carefully and clearly in favour of his key claims, all of which merit very serious consideration, even if they sometimes provoke one to construct and defend alternative views. That, however, is surely the hallmark of the very best kind of philosophy writing. Seeing Dark Things is a model of this kind. (E.J. Lowe, Asian Studies)

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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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This is one of those rare books that has made me look at the world in which we live in a totally different way - and I am only on Chapter 5! I will never again see shadows as I used to. If you think that seeing is believing, you need to read this book to find out exactly what seeing is.
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