Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies / Reification

Reification

Also called the Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness, or hypostatization, the reification fallacy occurs when an argument relies on an abstract concept as if it were a concrete fact; when a hypothetical scenario or situation is referred to, and treated as if it were a real thing.

Example of Reification

  • "The ocean is calling me saying 'Come play with me, and splash in the salty waves'." The ocean is not concious entity that can speak.
  • "He had to heed the call of Mother Nature and go live in the woods." 'Mother Nature' is a philosophical construct and cannot 'call' anyone to do anything.

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Alternative Names: Concretism, hypostatization, misplaced concreteness