more from Ofra Magidor

Single Idea 18021

[catalogued under 2. Reason / F. Fallacies / 8. Category Mistake / c. Category mistake as semantic]

Full Idea

Metaphors must have literal meanings. …Since many metaphors involving category mistakes manage to achieve their metaphorical purpose, they must also have literal meanings, so category mistakes must be (literally) meaningful.

Gist of Idea

Category mistakes are meaningful, because metaphors are meaningful category mistakes


Ofra Magidor (Category Mistakes [2013], 3.5)

Book Reference

Magidor,Ofra: 'Category Mistakes' [OUP 2013], p.67

A Reaction

Hm. 'This guy is so weird that to meet him is to encounter a circular square'.