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Jean-Luc Nancy

What is Critique?

Presented by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Lecture: Our age is not the actual age of criticism anymore

Moderation: Marcus Steinweg

What is Critique? This question touches on the legacy of the Enlightenment. Whoever is critical, does not want be stupid. A critical attitude towards all assertions and realities will help us to reflect on them, instead of simply believing them to be true. At the same time one needs to know that even the most critical attitude includes affirmative traits, thus implies and presupposes affirmations that limit its critical access. 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)" marks the start of the symposium on philosophy "What is Critique?", which takes place on February 6th and 7th, 2016 at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. The symposium seeks to debate the relationship of critique and affirmation from various perspectives and aims at discussing new theories and findings of the interdisciplinary and civil society-related question of “critique” as a prerequisite of our social order.
A project of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in cooperation with Allianz Cultural Foundation, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Institute of Contemporary Art of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.