What’s the Point of Critique?
Frida Beckman, Tom Boland

January 28, 2020, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Forum for Philosophy, Forum for Philosophy

Wolfson Theatre
New Academic Building, LSE
London WC2A 3LJ
United Kingdom


London School of Economics

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Since Kant, scholars have tended to assume that the critical method is a fundamental part of doing philosophy. But can it help us address the challenges of the twenty-first century, such as globalization and climate change? Some scholars now suggest it is that it is domineering and Eurocentric, hopelessly outdated and overly negative. So should we embrace different ways of thinking and knowing, and what might they be? Join us as we discuss whether critique can help us address our current political crises and what role critique should play in philosophy.


  • Frida Beckman, Professor of Comparative Literature, Stockholm University
  • Tom Boland, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University College Cork


  • Danielle Sands, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Thought, RHUL

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