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Welcome to visitors. Invitation and introduction to the website of the Initiative for the philosophy of praxis and a concrete social science.
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The author's personal page: Autor der Webseite. Listing of his publications: Publikationen und Downloads. Basic and important literature: Philosophie der Praxis. Selected theoretical ressources in English: Marxismus International. New and international contibutions to a philosophy of praxis: Neues Forum Praxisphilosophie.

The concept _of_PRAXIS: Summary and Outlook (538-551)
    More information: Das Konzept PRAXIS im 21. Jahrhundert
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short invitation

All for what?

This page means to open the door and stimulate your interest about the Initiative für Praxisphilosophie und konkrete Wissenschaft (IPkW). It is the main german website for the so called Philosophy of Practice, Practice Philosophy or Philosophy of Praxis.

Philosophy of Practice in this sense has its offspring in the theory of Karl Marx. It includes not only the whole of social sciences, especially all themes of political economy and world history, but also philosophical reflections about nature and ecology. Also of main importance in the context of this website is the research concerning an alternative economic system, here called 'social economy as system alternative'.


All social life is essentially practical. All mysteries which lead theory to mysticism find their rational solution in human practice and in the comprehension of this practice.

Karl Marx: The 8th these on Feuerbach. In: MEW 3: page 7

Marxist philosophy is different for it is a world theory. Though Germany is the hometown of Marx, Marxist philosophy is a 'world philosophy' instead of being exclusive to Germany. Marx had ever foreseen that such an era would come inevitebly: "philosophy then ceases to be a particular system in relation to the world; it becomes philosophy in general in relation to the world, i.e. the philosophy of the contemporary world." Marxist philosophy itself is such a world philosophy, the product of world history.

Yang Geng: Defense for Marx. A new interpretation of Marxist Philosophy. Canut International Publishers, 2010, S. 39. Buchanzeige von Leftreader als IPkW-Onlinetext.  

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about the project

Author's studies started in 1968

This website started in 2001, but theoretical work intensified since the 80th, with previous studies in political economy, philosophy, social science, politics and also diverse political engagements in the background.

Initiative and website since 2001

The initiative intends to elaborate an up-to-date political philosophy, which refers to the novum of Karl Marx ideas, unites the best items of the critical and utopian inspired theory and puts the traditional philosophy of practice into concrete terms. Therefore I call it a philosophy and science of social practice, or shortly a concrete philosophy of practice. This standpoint or paradigm claims to exceed both the so called critical theory and the mere traditional or dogmatic marxism.To make clear the difference to pragmatism too and assure the roots, I use the term practice in its original, utmost philosophical and scientific meaning as praxis.

With the IPkW-Website ist intended to construct an internet platform, which samples and presents theoretical resources, offers a forum for practice-centered works and interests and also chances to contact. In this way the rich inheritance of the European thinking line of a philosophy of practice can be vitalised and worked out as a modern paradigm of social sciences. The resource spectrum extends from Feuerbach, Hegel und Karl Marx over Antonio Gramsci, Herbert Marcuse up to Ernst Bloch, the Yugoslavian Praxis Group, the French philosopher Henri Lefebvre and reaches into current political philosophy, including not at least classical authors as G.H. Mead and modern thinkers as Pierre Bourdieu and Immanuel Wallerstein. Outgoing from this the concrete philosophy of practice tries to elaborate the epistemological and methodological basics for concrete analysis and research of social practice and may start projects on this.

The main point in present time is to take up again creative research on political economy, the unfinished project of Marx'capital theory, but now with primary interest about a positive concept of a new mode of reproduction and social association. In the quite new concept of a social economy formation as system alternative, so the actual hypothesis, can be found the real answer to capital economy and thus the response to the striking problems and the crises of capitalism in the time of neoliberal globalization.

The failure of the so called real-socialism experiments grounds substantially in the fact, that it reached neither theoretically nor practically a real new coast. On the other side, the modern social movements do not know a trustworthy alternative to the challenges and destruction forces of the dominating capitalistic formation and its globalization tendency. In this situation the concrete philosophy of practice ought to contribute for well grounded economic and social politics in the perspective of a social transformation, to support peoples struggle for a better life.

Research field

The 'Concept of PRAXIS' and the current situation of Marxism
The slide gives a complete overview

Main publication and actual thesis

Müller, Horst: Arguments for an Utopistic Turn of Marxist Theory. Commentary to Sean Sayers: On Karl Marx's Two-hundredth Anniversary. Nürnberg, im März 2018. Bei academia.edu und als IPkW-Onlinetext.

Müller, Horst: Das Konzept PRAXIS im 21. Jahrhundert. Karl Marx und die Praxisdenker, das Praxiskonzept in der Übergangsperiode und die latent existierende Systemalternative. BoD-Verlag Norderstedt, Oktober 2015, ISBN 978-3-7386-4684-9  (600 S./ 24,80 EUR, als eBook 15,99 EUR) [ Author's main publication concerning the basic questions of Marxism and of an up-to-date science of human practice, leading to the elaboraton of an alternative economic and political system ]

Müller, Horst: Reader about The concept of PRAXIS. Abstract, contents, summary and outlook, detailled overview of contents, contact information. As IPkW-Onlinetext.

Müller, Horst: The fiscal hub to transform democratic capitalism. Proposal, Nürnberg 2016. Als IPkW-Onlinetext

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please contact

Author's address and wikipedia card

Dr. Horst Müller
Meuschelstr. 30
D - 90408 Nürnberg
Fon ++49 (0) 911 337781

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selected papers

papers and media

Müller, Horst: Basic positions and research issues of a philosophy of practice

theoretical horizon
Müller, Horst: We have to cook a new soup. Interview with German social scientist Horst Müller
[ Translated from German into English and published on TLAXCALA am 9.12.2008 ]

economic research
Müller, Horst: Sozialkapitalismus und Systemtransformation.
In: Berliner Debatte Initial 23 (2012) Nr. 3, S. 77-93. IPkW-abstract and onlinetext on Linksnet.de

allemand avec traduction
Müller, Horst: Le Concept de Praxis Chez Karl Marx, Ernst Bloch et Pierre Bourdieu.
Symposium Philosophie - Ecologie - Praxis. Autour d'Arno Münster. En allemand, avec traduction simultanee in Amiens/Frankreich am 21. April 2010. Als IPkW-Onlinext avec Links a 4 Videos en YouTube.  

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