Definition of Reification

1. Noun. Regarding something abstract as a material thing.

Exact synonyms: Hypostatisation, Hypostatization
Generic synonyms: Objectification
Derivative terms: Hypostatise, Hypostatize, Reify

2. Noun. Representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality. "According to Marx, treating labor as a commodity exemplified the reification of the individual"
Exact synonyms: Depersonalisation, Depersonalization
Generic synonyms: Objectification
Derivative terms: Depersonalise, Depersonalize

Definition of Reification

1. Noun. The consideration of an abstract thing as if it were concrete, or of an inanimate object as if it were living. ¹

2. Noun. The consideration of a human being as an impersonal object. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reification

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Reification

rehypothecation
rehypothecations
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reichenbachite
reichsmark
reichsmarks
reidentification
reidentifications
reidentified
reidentifies
reidentify
reidentifying
reidite
reif
reifiable
reification (current term)
reifications
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reifier
reifiers
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reifs
reify
reifying
reight
reiglement
reiglements
reign
reign of terror
reigned

Literary usage of Reification

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"Was he not the avowed enemy of all ' reification ? ... Some of the philosophers who object to the reification of things define motion as the change of ..."

2. The Concepts and Theories of Modern Physics by John Bernhard Stallo (1884)
"It is evident that the background of all these statements is the ontological reification of the concept cause, analogous to the ..."

3. Conceptions of Social Inquiry by J. J. Snyman (1993)
"And this he regards as the fundamental error of reification, ... Society does not exist independently of human activity (the error of reification ..."

4. Thought and Things: A Study of the Development and Meaning of Thought, Or by James Mark Baldwin (1911)
"Over against the reification of thoughts as absolute truth, the procedure of rationalism, we have here the reification of ends as absolute good. ..."

5. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison Peet (1896)
"In the development or evolution of medicine four stages are traversed — imputation, personification, reification and scientific. Explanation. ..."

6. The Freedom of Authority: Essays in Apologetics by James Macbride Sterrett (1905)
"We dare believe that some current forms of scientific theory, and all forms of the metaphysics of scientific men—all reification of matter, force, ether, ..."

7. The Freedom of Authority: Essays in Apologetics by James Macbride Sterrett (1905)
"It is an unpardonable impertinence for any scientific men to deride metaphysics, and then to bring in a poor metaphysics of their own—a reification of the ..."

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