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 (rē′ə-fī′, rā′-)
tr.v. re·i·fied, re·i·fy·ing, re·i·fies
To regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence.

[Latin rēs, rē-, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots + -fy.]

re′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
re′i·fi′er n.


the conversion of an abstract concept into something concrete; a viewing of the abstract as concrete.
See also: Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reification - regarding something abstract as a material thing
objectification - the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing
2.reification - 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"
objectification - the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing


[ˌriːɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] Ncosificación f
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"Some people use religion as a reification tool, in order to create a non-existent world so that they can do things the way they want and create a world they want.
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"Reification: How States Fix Religions in Space and Time" (where reification is defined as turning religion into a thing).
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He also seeks to avoid the reification of religion in the analysis of Middle Eastern politics, arguing that politics has shaped religion as much or more than religion has shaped politics.
This essay argues that Edward Said's work was deeply shaped by Georg Lukacs's theory of reification and totality, as set out in History and Class Consciousness, and also molded by a reinflection of Lukacs's thinking through the work of Antonio Gramsci.
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