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praxis

1. the practice and practical side of a profession or field of study, as opposed to the theory
2. a practical exercise

praxis

(MARXISM) purposive action (including political action) to alter the material and social world, including Man himself. As a central general concept within Marxism, ‘praxis’ draws attention to the socially constructed nature of economic and social institutions and the possibility of changing these – humanity's capacity for freedom, which cannot be achieved entirely at the individual level. Praxis can be given more specific meanings, e.g. ‘revolutionary praxis’, but its main use is as a general concept capable of receiving a variety of emphases, for example, in some uses (within Marxism) a tension may exist between praxis and necessity.