Related to the practical turn in social theory this article suggests that we determine practice as symbolic practice. First, converging arguments in the social theories of Karl Mannheim and John Searle are developed as basic criteria for conceptualizing symbolic practice. Second, related assumptions of Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic violence are reconstructed as both convergent with and complementary to the basic premises. Third, Donald Davidson’s theory of meaning is presented as a divergent contrast to the other three positions. A comparison of the three approaches shows them to be possible forking branches within theories of symbolic practices. Nevertheless, the desiderata of Bourdieu’s more structuralist and of Davidson’s more intersubjective views could possibly be integrated into a basic set of arguments in a theory of symbolic practice.