Our series on “good scholarship” has so far considered the logical and lingual aspects of reality. Here I want to explore a particular kind of offence against principles of both logical distinction and lingual clarification.
Category errors arise when things are referred to in ways that imply they belong to a category of things to which they do not. They were proposed by Gilbert Ryle in “The Concept of Mind” (1949). He was concerned about the juxtaposition of “mind” and “body” as two comparable entities. But the notion proved broadly applicable – and indeed is approached by other philosophers too.