method of disciplined, systematic analysis of a written or oral discourse
Critique is a method of disciplined, systematic analysis of a written or oral discourse.
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- The focus of critique is essentially the cluster of relations that bind the one to the other, or the one to the two others, power, truth and the subject. And if governmentalization is really this movement concerned with subjugating individuals in the very reality of a social practice by mechanisms of power that appeal to a truth, I will say that critique is the movement through which the subject gives itself the right to question truth concerning its power effects and to question power about its discourses of truth. Critique will be the art of voluntary inservitude, of reflective indocility.
- Michel Foucault, "What is Critique?" The Essential Foucault (New York: 1997), p. 386