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category mistake

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(Logic) philosophy logic a sentence that says of something in one category what can only intelligibly be said of something in another, as when speaking of the mind located in space
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Consequently, anyone wishing to describe "the relationship between science and religion" as one of compatibility or cooperation must either struggle to redefine the concepts or remain content in making a category mistake.
In this case, we might be guilty of committing a category mistake because we are presuming too strong a family resemblance between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia that renders our analysis fraudulent.
Gilbert Ryle asked much the same question in his critique of Cartesian dualism, accusing Descartes of that most heinous of philosophical crimes--the category mistake (2).
That mistake is not an error of taste, and thus supposedly not a matter of aesthetic experience; philosophers would call it a category mistake (a fallacy where things that belong to one category are mistakenly placed in another)--and a strange one, because it seems to be voluntary.
In short, Wolper and Goldstein make a category mistake by confusing a campus newspaper (The Maneater) with a community newspaper (the Columbia Missourian).
To say this would be to make what the logician calls a category mistake.
Many Americans can identify with a tax filing error or an income category mistake, simply because they've likely committed such an error themselves.
Thomas Aquinas, Jean-Luc Marion, and an Alleged Category Mistake involving God and Being, DECLAN LAWELL
The phrase 'media literacy' demonstrates a type of category mistake.
As such, he creates a category mistake where the sacred winds as givers of life become responsible for the disease and death imported by Europeans.