This internationally-authored and edited book contains a wide-ranging examination of the role of critique in education in liberal democracies. * Motivated by a concern for social justice and improvement in education. * International in focus, containing contributions from authors in nine different countries. * Covers topics such as negative critique, critique and relativism, critique and utopianism, and the limits of critique. * Brings out the contrasts and similarities between European and Anglophone treatments of these issues. * Structured in a debate format, so that each chapter is paired with a piece that engages critically with it.