Title

Review: Stich and His Critics, By Bishop and Murphy

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

6-21-2011

Publication Title

The Philosophical Quarterly

Volume

61

Issue

244

First page number:

650

Last page number:

653

Abstract

Stephen Stich is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential philosophers of cognitive science. His impact has been enormous, not only through his ideas and arguments but also through his promotion of a cross‐disciplinary methodology and an unyielding naturalistic outlook. Yet this assessment of Stich's overall contribution may actually be somewhat uncharitable. As the essays in Dominic Murphy and Michael Bishop's excellent volume Stich and his Critics make clear, the significance of Stich's work extends well beyond cognitive science. Anyone working in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics or the philosophy of language, and moreover anyone for whom questions about philosophical method matter (that is, virtually all professional philosophers), should pay attention to Stich's work. Stich and his Critics is an edifying look at some of the ways his iconoclastic scholarship has shaped the profession so far.

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