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Vol. 9 (2)

Edited by

Saulius Jurga, Konstantinos Kavoulakos

Deadline: Saturday 31st July 2021

Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy  is seeking papers exploring the concept of reification  at  the  intersection  of  epistemology,  aesthetics,  ethics,  social  and  political  philosophy,  the philosophy  of  technology,  philosophical  anthropology,  and  critical  race,  class,  gender,  and  sexuality studies.

A  key  philosophical  theme  across  traditions  including  German  Idealism,  Marxism,  critical  theory, phenomenology,  and  existentialism,  “reification”  (from  the  Latin  res,  meaning  “thing”)  refers  to  a process  whereby  phenomena  that  do  not  possess  thing-like  characteristics,  such  as  psyche, consciousness,  personhood,  personal  abilities  and  capacities,  and  social  relations,  are  regarded  as things. The definition of such thinghood varies among thinkers as diverse as Marx, Simmel, Husserl, Heidegger,  Schutz,  Lukács,  Benjamin,  Horkheimer,  Adorno,  Marcuse,  Sartre,  Merleau-Ponty,  Paci, Gabel,  Goldmann,  Habermas,  Feenberg,  and  Honneth,  depending  on  their  overall  theoretical preferences. For some, the  res  of reification may refer, for example, to natural things, which belong to the realm of objects and are to be explained on the grounds of natural-scientific procedures; for others, thinghood is a result of complex cultural processes, such as historical sedimentations of social relations and  practices  that  eventually  acquire  a  quasi-natural  status  via  conventions,  identities,  laws,  and institutions. More recently, reification has sometimes been conceived in terms of communicative failure, social  pathology,  misrecognition,  disengagement,  and  cognitive  and  affective  upset,  but  such approaches to the concept have also attracted criticism for obscuring the social and economic levels of reifying structures. Finally, the phenomenon of reification has been also linked both to the prevalence of formalistic reason in philosophical discourse and the technological domination of nature and society. In this sense, the concept of reification has  acquired new relevance in contemporary theoretical debates, resulting in a proliferation of publications unmatched in decades. In this issue of  Metodo, authors are invited to interrogate the origin, meaning, and legacy of the concept of reification, as well as to explore the various forms reification assumes in theory and practice.

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