Reification

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Reification generally refers to making something real, bringing something into being, or making something concrete, absent of evidence.

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 (knowledge representation), used to represent facts that must then be manipulated in some way
  • Reification (linguistics) in natural language processing, transforming a natural language statement 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; sometimes called objectification
  • Reification (statistics), the consideration of a "perfect" model which is used to make inferences connecting (imperfect) model results with experimental observations
  • Reification in Gestalt psychology, an object perceived as having more spatial information than is actually present in the original stimulus
  • Concretization, making something less abstract or less generalized

See also[edit]

  • Objectification, treating a person as a thing, without regard to their dignity