Don’t confuse “critique” with “criticism.”
by Richard Scheiwe
It’s easy to confuse critique with criticism since the two are closely related. But “critique,” as a tool for discourse, has a long history in literature and politics.
Dating back to the 18th-century, critique arose in philosophical circles as a mode of neutral investigation; it was neither positive nor negative, but incisive and exhaustive.
It is not so much the purpose of Desiderata to assume any vacated throne.