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Critique is a method of disciplined, systematic analysis of a written or oral discourse. Although critique is commonly understood as fault finding and negative judgment,<ref name="Gasche07p12">Rodolphe Gasché (2007) The honor of thinking: critique, theory, philosophy pp.12-3 quote:
Let us also remind ourselves of the fact that throughout the eighteenth century, which Kant, in Critique of Pure Reason, labeled "in especial degree, the age of criticism" and to which our use of "critique", today remains largely indebted, critique was above all critique of prejudice and established authority, and hence was intimately tied to a conception of the human being as capable of self-thinking, hence authonomous, and free from religious and political authorities.
</ref> it can also involve merit recognition, and in the philosophical tradition it also means a methodical practice of doubt.<ref name="Gasche07p12"/> The contemporary sense of critique has been largely influenced by the Enlightenment critique of prejudice and authority, which championed the emancipation and autonomy from religious and political authorities.<ref name="Gasche07p12"/>

The term 'critique' derives, via French, from Ancient Greek κριτική{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} (kritikē), meaning "the faculty of judgment", that is, discerning the value of persons or things.<ref name="OED"></ref>

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Intro   Critique in Philosophy    Critique vs Criticism   Critical Theory  See also  References   External links   

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