category mistake

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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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It makes what logicians call a category error, comparing two fundamentally different objects.
Secondly, it is a (deliberate) category error to blame infrastructure shortfalls on EU citizens coming to the UK.
We calculated subscores for the number of categories (switching score) and category error in the human-animal switching category.
Speaking of creativity in law perhaps seems like a category error, but of course law is a human activity and as such, must involve creativity.
But this insistence commits the same category error as those Jews he bemoans for labeling him a self-hating Jew: both sides find the actions of all Jews implicated in the actions of some Jews; whether it is right-wing Israelis promoting settlements or Roger Cohen condemning them, somebody is crying shanda.
Comparing Pence to Span is category error because Pence was arbitration eligible this past season.
Unfortunately, Sheiman ignores this and engages in a category error.
A category error basically occurs when someone tries to explain all four perspectives with only one.
The question of the psychological and existential needs of detainees is held to be a category error.
This may sound like a splitting of linguistic hairs, but we made a similar category error in Vietnam by calling an invasion a "civil war.
This, in my opinion, is a category error that obscures the true cause of the attacks.