Critique and Discourse


The notion of critique shapes central academic discourses since the 18th century. Although often antagonizing Critical Theory, Humanism or Hegelianism, Foucault placed himself (surprisingly for many) in the same critical tradition, rooting in Immanuel Kant’s Critiques on theoretical and practical reason and the power of judgement. Since the project of an “ontology of the present and of ourselves” never ceases its actuality, it’s no surprise that many researchers are still concerned with the topic of critique - even more in Discourse Studies.

This group aims to serve as a platform for exchange, networking and collaborative work and is open for critique-related researchers of all schools and disciplines.


Next meeting: Conference in Paris, 11th -14th September.


New Publications

Juliet Henderson: An innovative approach to teaching the art of critique in writing (DiscourseNet Collaborative Working Paper Series, PDF)


Current projects:

Call for Ideas – Special Issue on Critique

Contact: Giorgio Borelli (