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To regard (something abstract) as a material thing.
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This suffering is felt in our ongoing attempts to ground ourselves by holding on to passing things for the reified self--such as material goods, pleasant settings, home, loved ones--as if they were the very source of lasting safety and well-being, when deep down we know that in time we must lose every one of them.
The true knowledge of its historical situation will always be hidden behind the immediate but reified empirical facts, which describe "reality" for the bourgeoisie.
The reified outlook's dominance is, I believe, the reason for Tietjens's long talk with Port Scatho, for his walk into the War Office, and for his lengthy catalogue of soldier's ills and pleasures; each of these interactions identifies the dominance of administrative power in this society and in this war.
From the "radiant past"--when revolutions were fought, wars and famine came and went, death crept in, ghosts and phantoms dwelt in the beliefs of the religious, and when marriage and birth renewed and reified a collective narrative--memory creates a bridge to the equally far off "radiant future.
As solace to heartbroken mourners, it is clear that its death will not bring about a domino effect affecting the lives of other reified terms often confused with it, or of journals or organisations created to glorify it or publicise it.
When the law-giving is renewed, instead of the finger of God writing on the tablets, Moses does the writing, and the voice of God--never reified in stone--becomes the foundation of the oral Law, with authority equal to the written one.
At its worst, it promoted a narrow view of family and even reified notions of Black pathology and social problems as cultural in the main.
The Lisa Kron character will be played by another actor in the show's engagement this month at the Cleveland Play House, but when Well begins performances on Broadway March 10, the real Lisa Kron will be inhabiting the part--with a certain reified authenticity, it should go without saying.
Through their adhesions, these human effigies are made into images, even fetishes, and images and fetishes cannot form a genuine public, even though it is precisely to such reified identities, to the "dummies" they presume us to be, that politicians address themselves.
From this reified sign of sanctification flowed all the arrogance that allowed for the burning of heretics.
But, instead of examining how this was done to clarify the male/female binary hierarchy, the author applies this conceptualization to argue that there were also progressively more reified definitions of manhood in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
To those accustomed to reading Clarence Major's wonderfully self-reflexive metafictions such as Reflex and Bone Structure and Emergency Exit, his new novel One Flesh will come as quite a surprise since it is, formally at least, a conventional "realistic" novel complete with linear plot, a fully reified setting, plausible characters, and a stable third person point of view.