Category Mistakes

2014.05.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ofra Magidor, Category Mistakes, Oxford University Press, 2013, 171pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199572977. Reviewed by
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2014.05.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ofra Magidor, Category Mistakes, Oxford University Press, 2013, 171pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199572977. Reviewed by Manuel García-Carpintero, University of Barcelona The toolkit of most philosophers features the notion of category mistakes. We can recognize clear cases (the three in "green ideas sleep furiously") with quasi-perceptual alacrity. But I, for one, usually feel a tinge of self-conscious awkwardness when I deploy it. This has to do, I think, with the fact that we do not professionally acquire the notion together with a minimally adequate account -- of the kind that usually comes, for instance, with introductions to the use/mention distinction: a philosophical explication that helps to make the phenomenon prima facie intelligible. If you are like me, this excellent, short, clearly focused monograph will help you fill this gap in a few hours of engaging reading. The introductory. . .

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