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Criticism, act of analyzing and evaluating any object or activity, often unfavorably. The term is applied most often to the examination and evaluation of works of art and literature. Critical writings may take the form of prose verse, essays, reviews, or long books. In philosophy, criticism may be defined as an approach to problems in which the thinker weighs the evidence in the manner of a judge. The term critical philosophy is used to describe the theories of Immanuel Kant, whose critiques offer critical examinations of various ideas.

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