Chapter 4. Eliminativism and the Theory of Reference

  1. Dominic Murphy Senior Lecturer2 and
  2. Michael Bishop Professor3
  1. Frank Jackson Distinguished Professor

Published Online: 14 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308709.ch4

Stich: And His Critics

Stich: And His Critics

How to Cite

Jackson, F. (2009) Eliminativism and the Theory of Reference, in Stich: And His Critics (eds D. Murphy and M. Bishop), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308709.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The University of Sydney, Australia

  2. 3

    Florida State University, USA

Author Information

  1. The Australian National University, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405112079

Online ISBN: 9781444308709



  • eliminativism and theory of reference;
  • how eliminativism became embroiled in theory of reference;
  • Stich on the meta-theory of reference, and eliminativism;
  • theory of reference - relation between words and world –what words are about;
  • Stich's way out of his own conclusion - repudiate the step where debate over eliminativism becomes embroiled in theory of reference;
  • theory of reference and how sentences code for content - Stich's challenge;
  • Coda - theory of reference as proto-science and as theory driven by intuitions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • How Eliminativism Became Embroiled in the Theory of Reference

  • Stich on the Meta-theory of Reference, and Eliminativism

  • Stich's Way Out

  • The Easy Way Out

  • The Theory of Reference and How Sentences Code for Content

  • Coda

  • Notes and References