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Single Idea 18034

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

Full Idea

One might argue that conceptual role semantics entails that category mistakes are meaningless. Sentences such as 'two is green' play no role in the cognitive life of any agent.

Gist of Idea

Category mistakes play no role in mental life, so conceptual role semantics makes them meaningless


Ofra Magidor (Category Mistakes [2013], 3.6.2)

Book Reference

Magidor,Ofra: 'Category Mistakes' [OUP 2013], p.77

A Reaction

[She quotes Block's definition of conceptual role semantics] I would have thought that if a category mistake is believed by an agent, it could play a huge role in their cognitive life.

Related Idea

Idea 18033 The meaning of a representation is its role in thought, perception or decisions [Block]