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The first sentence is a fragment, the indefiniteness of the possessive pronoun "his" operating by way of mistakenness, that divine virtue, granting access to both father and son.
Later, "Johnson's proposal was harshly censured for gross mistakenness, terming his boundary as 'patently absurd'.
As in the text just quoted, Aristotle is there concerned to stress the insufficiency, rather than mistakenness, of specifying the remote matter of a thing as a material cause of it.