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Praxis and Poiesis
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Praxis and Poiesis, Gk πρᾶξις/ποίησις (práxis/poíēsis), “acting/producing.” Plato already mentioned the difference between praxis and poiesis (Charmides 162e7–164c5), defining the latter as “whatever is the cause of the transition of something from non-being into being” (Symposium 205b7–c1; Soph. 265b8–10). Aristotle was the first to advance specific terminology: as activities, poiesis and praxis stand in contrast to passive “suffering” (πάσχειν/páschein; cf. Arist. Metaph. IX 1, 1046a15–29; Eth. Nic. II 5, 1106b16–28). Unlike the activity of th…

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Rese, Friederike, “Praxis and Poiesis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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