Praxis Law and Legal Definition

Praxis is a Greek word which means, doing action. In critical legal studies, praxis means practical action. It is the practical application or exercise of a branch of learning. It also means the practice of living the ethical life in conjunction and in cooperation with others.

According to Aristotle, praxis 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. According to German philosopher Immanuel Kant, praxis is not only the application of a theory to cases encountered in experience, but is also ethically significant thought, or practical reason.

Praxis is also connected with genuinely free, self-conscious, authentic activity as opposed to the alienated labor demanded under capitalism.