by Thomas Theodor Heine

Concepts of Critique

The discussion about different the concept of critique is central to critical theory as well as political philosophy. My interest mostly lies in the specific knowledge critique produces and how theories of critique themselves reflecct on it. While participating in the French-German ANR-DFG-Projects “Critique Actualité Société” I have developed these questions in a number of talks: on the ‘pictures of critique’, on the connection of critique and emancipation and on the relation between critique and necessity. In them, I pursue the following questions: How do we picture the activity of criticising, and how does this influence our theoretical activity of explicating the concept of critique? What does it mean to understand practice as an emancipatory practice? And is critique necessarily opposed to any form of necessity because critique presupposes the possibility of change, or is the relation more complex?