Monday, June 29, 2015

Word of the day: praxis

The word of the day is praxis:

  1. practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills.
  2. convention, habit, or custom.
  3. a set of examples for practice.
1581, from M.L. praxis "practice, action" (c.1255, opposite of theory), from Gk. praxis "practice, action, doing," from stem of prassein "to do, to act."(

"I don't see any real distinction between religion and magic, or for that matter between gods and magicians.  I think divine power is just another form of magical praxis.  You know what Arthur C. Clarke said about technology and magic, right?  Turn it around.  What is advanced magic indistinguishable from?  Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from the miraculous."

 - Lev Grossman, The Magician King

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