For eliminative materialism, folk psychological beliefs about perceiver and world are so illusory that they cannot amount to anything substantial enough to require reduction to the physical. And once we learn to explain everything through the latter, we can learn to perceive the world as scientific theory bids us think about it. With the help of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, I will argue that eliminativism is a hybrid theory drawing on empiricism and intellectualism, and does not count as a philosophy of perception. Episodes of scientific inspection cannot get behind lived perception or the lifeworld and can only count as transient gazes. They do not embrace our gearing into the world and do not endure.