What is Critique?

The capacity to give and take critique might easily be considered vital for an enlightened, democratic and pluralistic society. What meaning and function does critique have today? Does it still constitute the bedrock of European civil society? International philosophers, scholars, artists, theorists and authors discussed these questions at a philosophy symposium spanning several days and locations.

Talks and discussions revolved around applied critique in the cultural field, and special attention was given to the decline of critique in mainstream papers. Aside from visual art and philosophy, debate also touched on literature and music.

The symposium was conceived as an open space for thinking and discourse, a structure that would draw a broader public into the philosophical debate than the usual academic circles.

Jean-Luc Nancy´s Lecture "Unser Zeitalter ist nicht mehr das eigentliche Zeitalter der Kritik" (“Our Age Is No Longer the Actual Age of Critique”) opened the symposium at the HAU (Hebbel am Ufer) in Berlin on 28 January 2016. The multipart symposium continued at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein on 06 and 07 February 2016 and at the Zurich University of the Arts on 01 and 02 April.