Crisis and Critique
Crisis and Critique is a journal of political thought and philosophy that appears twice a year. It has an international audience, readership, authors, and editorial board. The journal has gained a reputation for its rigor and perspicacious treatment of the topics it covers. It began in 2011, and the first issue was published in 2012. Our commitment spans three disciplines equally: philosophy, psychoanalysis, and politics.
“Crisis” and “critique”: concepts that are of immense importance for philosophical and political thought. But it is crucial, especially today, to not too hastily assume one already knows what either means. Both concepts are obviously related to concrete but also rather abstract practices. Both crisis and critique are practical concepts that, we believe, do not have any transhistorical or transcendental status and thus do not come with pre-given, unchangeable content. Crisis as well as critique must be thought from within a specific contemporary time frame: the frame of the present. The journal is therefore first and foremost a journal about the present–political, social, aesthetic, and philosophical–we are living in.
Yet, in contrast to Reinhart Koselleck’s famous book Critique and Crisis (1959), that sought to expose the hidden absolutist political agenda inscribed into these seemingly universalist-humanist enlightenment terms, the journal is not primarily occupied with providing genealogies of the present and debunking the true face of the world. Rather, by turning around the order of the terms, Crisis and Critique begins from the assumption that today we are facing a massive crisis, not only economic and political, but also a crisis of what was previously referred to as critique and critical engagement. That there is a crisis of critique implies that one has to investigate what this crisis is, how it was brought about, and what needs to be done–if this is even possible–to unfold a renewed concept of critique that might be able to overcome the impasses that have appeared within critical thought. This will involve a potential revisiting and investigation of all concepts previously deemed critical to examine not only their contemporary explanatory power but also what they still (might) enable us to think.