Reification  

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

Reification generally refers to bringing into being or turning concrete.

Specifically, reification may refer to:

  • Reification (computer science), making a data model for a previously abstract concept
  • Reification (fallacy), fallacy of treating an abstraction as if it were a real thing
  • Reification in Gestalt psychology, where an object is perceived as having more spatial information than is actually present in the original stimulus
  • Reification (knowledge representation), used to represent facts that must then be manipulated in some way
  • Reification (linguistics) in natural language processing, where a natural language statement is transformed so actions and events in it become quantifiable variables
  • Reification (Marxism) (German: Verdinglichung), the consideration of an abstraction or an object as if it had living existence and abilities; at the same time it implies the thingification of social relations; sometimes called objectification
  • Reification (statistics), the consideration of a ‘perfect’ model which is used to make inferences connecting (imperfect) model results with experimental observations


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