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The Concept of Reification is Illogical

The Concept of Reification is Illogical

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Published by Anthony Fejfar
This article asserts that reification is illogical concept.
This article asserts that reification is illogical concept.

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Published by: Anthony Fejfar on Sep 18, 2010
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The Concept of Reification is IllogicalByAnthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif ©Copyright 2010 by Anthony J. Fejfar Previously, I have argued that “reification” is a false, incoherent concept because“reification” itself is a “reified” concept. Following Peter Gabel, “reification” is definedas “wrongfully” treating an “abstract concept” as if it is “concrete.” Of course, it isimmediately apparent that “reification” itself is an “abstract concept” and therefore, that“reification” itself is a “reified” concept because Gabel and others are treating“reification” as if it is concrete or “real” when it is only inauthentically reified andtherefore a false concept. Now, Duncan Kennedy might respond that the argumentsabove involve logic, and that somehow “logic does not count” because “logic” is a reifiedconcept. In fact, Kennedy’s argument fails. You see, “logic” is defined operationally asthat discipline which is concerned with making sure that ideas or concepts used in anargument do not involve a logical contradiction, such that, you cannot, for example, have“A” and “not A” at the same time. Now, it is clear that logic operations are not reified.You see, taking the reification concept on its own terms, just for the sake of argument, itis apparent that concrete logic cannot be reified, because, it is concrete. Thus, when westart our cognitive psychology proof for the validity of logic operations with the concretelogic operation and sensory experiment of evaluating whether or not a person couldconcretely have (A)pple in his left hand and not (A)pple at the same time, we see thatthis is impossible. Either my left hand is empty (no (A)pple, or, it has an Apple in it, thatis (A)pple. Thus, we can see that assuming the validity of the reification critique, for the

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