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Shadows


David S. Oderberg


Pages 505 - 508



A shadow is a two-dimensional region of space from which light is blocked and hence within which light is absent due to the presence of a three-dimensional object coming between the region and the light source. A shadow is therefore a kind of absence: light is not merely absent from the region, but the shadow is itself an absence of light that spatially marks out the region.




1Department of Philosophy, University of Reading



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