Jens-Christian Rabe

Criticism of Criticism

The most difficult aspect of criticism is the questioning of the critical questioner’s by himself. To carry on undaunted in reliance on thinking and discussion although one knows that one is standing with one’s back to the wall is a cheerfully humane criticism of criticism. Such a criticism of criticism is of course a tough, laborious, strenuous and in case of doubt endless affair that also probably does not result in something as elegant as Habermas’ “coercion-free force of the better argument.” Instead, it amounts to a situation that one might term permanently palliative, one of delay and pain management. But in view of the alternative, namely death, it doesn’t sound all that bad after all.