I personally live in an area where few kritiks are used so my understanding is limited. Also remember that these are just very basic descriptions to give you an idea. For more in-depth debate theory it would be recommended you try another site. The Kritik aka the kritique or critique, was started in the late 80’s as a form of attack that attempts to attack not the policy but the ideology or philosophy that it is based on. Kritiks attack the assumptions that are made in debate. To be valid in a debate the kritik must be shown relevant to the debate and it must be understandable(though rarely is to people new to kritiks). The kritik can be introduced by either team but more often than not the negative team brings it into play.If you would like to see an example Click Here. Below will describe the 5 basic forms a kritik can take.
This simply states that the other team made some terrible mistake (ex. Making evidence up) and that the judge should punish them by making them lose.
This is where you tell the judge that your values outweigh the other teams.
These arguments attempt to broaden the scope of the weighing process by examining assumptions made in the other team’s systems and positions. If a team is unable to defend the assumptions shown to be associated with what they’re planning, then questions of bad assumptions elsewhere.
These type of kritiks are philosophical examinations of the thought processes traditionally used in weighing. Kritiks of realism, normativity, theocentrism, etc, are all attempts to cause a judge to reflect on traditional ways of thinking, with the goal of hopefully convincing the judge to reject the procedure of thinking that the other team used therefore rejecting their argument.
This last type of kritik also examines the underlying nature of assumptions, but results in lobbying to the judge in favor of rejecting weighing processes since there inherent limitations on our ability to understand the full nature of assumptions. So in the end the judge is asked to look at the weighing procedure and conclude that the effort is completely futile.
Here are some general answers used against kritiks.