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Single Idea 18030

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

Full Idea

The meaninglessness view does seem to offer a simple and compelling explanation for the fact that category mistakes are highly infelicitous.

Gist of Idea

A good explanation of why category mistakes sound wrong is that they are meaningless


Ofra Magidor (Category Mistakes [2013], 3.6)

Book Reference

Magidor,Ofra: 'Category Mistakes' [OUP 2013], p.75

A Reaction

However, I take there to be quite a large gulf between why meaningless sentences like 'squares turn happiness into incommensurability', which I would call 'category blunders', and subtle category mistakes, which are meaningful.