Definition of category mistake in English:

category mistake

Line breaks: cat¦egory mis|take
(also category error)

noun

Logic
The error of assigning to something a quality or action which can only properly be assigned to things of another category, for example treating abstract concepts as though they had a physical location.
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  • Indeed, some opponents of temporal-parts theories contend that the theory rests on just such a category mistake - the mistake of treating persisting objects as if they were processes.
  • To apply the political term ‘authoritarian’ to an ontological account may at first seem to be a simple category mistake.
  • In the words of the philosophers, it is a category mistake to put miracles and laws in the same set.

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