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A term in use since Aristotle, to whom praxis is one of the three basic activities of human beings (the others being theoria or theory, and poiēsis, or skilful manufacture). Praxis in ...

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A Dictionary of Geography (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2023

... Often designating accepted practice, at its most simple, praxis is practice as opposed to theory; Kitchin et al. (2013) Dialogues Hum. Geog. 3, 1, 56 argue that new social media produce new forms of public geography and digital praxis...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
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23 words

... (Gk., ‘activity’). Action which arises from true belief, the manifestation of religion in practice. This is of particular importance in liberation theology...

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A Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018

... Used in Left politics and in some quarters of radical social work to refer to the process (often struggle) of uniting theory and practice in action and reflection....

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018

... The Greek word for ‘doing’ which is widely used in critical theory to signify purposive and purposeful human activity, that is to say human activity with a specific goal and a tangible outcome. The most prominent and completely theorized use of the term praxis is undoubtedly to be found in Jean-Paul Sartre ’s Critique de la raison dialectique ( 1960 ), translated as Critique of Dialectical Reason ( 1976 ); but important discussions are also to be found in the work of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci . In some quarters, praxis is a synonym...

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Social sciences, Human Geography
Length:
157 words

... The conversion of knowledge into practical action, especially knowledge whose goal is to challenge prevailing political and moral arrangements. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle contrasted ‘ praxis ’ with ‘ theoria ’, or the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake. In the mid-19th century, Karl Marx reprised this more pointedly when, in his Theses on Feuerbach , he stated that ‘philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it’. Since Marx penned these famous words, praxis has normally been taken to mean...

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A Dictionary of Sociology (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Social sciences, Sociology
Length:
45 words

... A philosophical term referring to human action on the natural and social world. It emphasizes the transformative nature of action and the priority of action over thought. It is often, but not always, associated with Marxism and especially the work of Antonio Gramsci...

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A Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Philosophy
Length:
196 words

... A term in use since Aristotle , to whom praxis is one of the three basic activities of human beings (the others being theoria or theory, and poiēsis , or skilful manufacture). Praxis in Aristotle includes voluntary or goal-directed action, although it sometimes also includes the condition that the action is itself part of the end, an action done for its own sake. In Kant , praxis is the application of a theory to cases encountered in experience, but is also ethically significant thought, or practical reason, that is, reasoning about what there should...

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Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
207 words

...Marx suggested that praxis was itself the goal of philosophy. Marx offered no strict and consistent definition of the term, but used it to designate the creative activity through which human beings made and shaped their world. Praxis , in this sense, is the species-specific activity of human beings—the creative activity that marks their freedom from the work or labor done out of strict necessity. Marx's goal, then, was not speculative truth but rather a reorganization of society in order to free the human capacity for praxis . Much of the subsequent...

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Richard T. De George

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Philosophy
Length:
111 words

... . The Greek word for ‘action’. It enters the philosophical literature as a quasi-technical term with Aristotle (meaning ‘doing’ rather than ‘making [something]’), is developed by some of the Left Hegelians, and is now primarily associated with Marx and Marxism. In the 1960s and 1970s the term characterized the approach of east European (especially Yugoslav) Marxists (known as the Praxis Group), whose central concern was to study and influence the role of free creative activity in changing and shaping ethical, social, political, and economic life along...

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A Dictionary of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Current Version:
2017

...praxis 1. Planning of a motor action or sequence of motor actions in response to an environmental demand or challenge. 2. Application or use of a theory. Concerned with action rather than conceptualization....

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Étienne Balibar, Barbara Cassin, and Sandra Laugier

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Philosophy, Literature, Literary reference works
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13,389 words

... ( πϱᾶξις ‎ ) ( GREEK ) English praxis, practice, action, agency French praxis, pratique, action German Praxis Italian prassi ➤ ACT [ ATTUALITÀ , TATSACHE ], AGENCY , ART , EXPERIENCE , EXPERIMENT , I/ME/MYSELF , LOGOS , PATHOS , PLEASURE , POETRY [ DICHTUNG ], PRUDENCE , SUBJECT , THING [ RES ], VIRTÙ , VORHANDEN , WORK The term praxis [ πϱᾶξις ‎]—always seen in modern languages as imported from Greek, even though German and to a certain extent Italian have naturalized it ( die Praxis [with a German plural, die...

Red Praxis: Grounding Indigenous Teacher Education through Red Praxis

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Jeremy Garcia, Valerie Shirley, and Sandy Grande

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Social sciences, Education
Length:
7,470 words

...that Red Praxis centers on Indigenous sovereignty rooted in epistemological and ontological orientations to place—to land. Applying Red Praxis requires teachers to understand, in greater detail, the ways in which settler and Indigenous ontologies not only represent different but competing ways of being in the world. Red Praxis asks teachers to reconceptualize an intellectual space that reaffirms, reclaims, and (re)stories our relations to land as a decolonial practice and pedagogy of refusal. We have all witnessed the possibilities of Red Praxis,...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
15 words

... practice, exercise. XVI. — medL. — Gr. prâxis doing, action, f. * prāk- , base of prā́ssein ...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
137 words

... • glacis , Onassis • abscess • anaphylaxis , axis, praxis, taxis • Chalcis • Jancis • synapsis • catharsis • Frances , Francis • thesis • Alexis • amanuensis • prolepsis , sepsis, syllepsis • basis , oasis, stasis • amniocentesis , anamnesis, ascesis, catechesis, diesis, exegesis, mimesis, prosthesis, psychokinesis, telekinesis • ellipsis , paralipsis • Lachesis • analysis , catalysis, dialysis, paralysis, psychoanalysis • electrolysis • nemesis • genesis , parthenogenesis, pathogenesis • diaeresis ( US dieresis) • metathesis • ...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
80 words

... noun L16 Medieval Latin (from Greek, from prattein to do). a L16 Action, practice; specifically the practice of a technical subject or art, as opposed to or arising out of the theory of it. b L19 Habitual action, accepted practice, custom. c M20 In Marxism, the willed action by which a theory or philosophy becomes a practical social activity. 2 E17 An example or collection of examples used for practice in a subject, especially in grammar; a practical...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
63 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
70 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
29 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
29 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
29 words

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