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Coming before a critical state or phase.
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of, relating to, or occurring during the period preceding a crisis or a critical state or condition: a precritical phase of a disease.
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(priˈkrɪt ɪ kəl)

anteceding a crisis.
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Whatever one thinks of the broadly "reader-response" approach to reading texts that has been dominant in our generation, it needs emphasizing that the newer interpretations are no more authoritative or superior than the "precritical" interpretations against which they are reacting.
Also helpful, especially for the precritical Kant and surrounding philosophical views, see Thomas Holden, The Architecture of Matter (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004), 172-92.
Tests show that the bearing capacity is then unchanged, with about 3% differences, although the precritical behavior differs (Figures 10 and 11).
Daly recognizes this challenge and says his "goal has been to formulate prayer/praying in which both people comfortable in a pre-modern, precritical, pre-scientific worldview and people comfortable in a quantum-cosmological, developmental, evolutionary worldview can happily pray together."
(eds.), The Significance of Precritical Exegesis: Retrospect and Prospect.
Since the system is undamped, all the eigenvalues lie on the imaginary axis in the precritical phase, that is, when the value of the force is less than the critical one; namely, [lambda]= i[omega].
The term precritical in any sense, however, does not apply to Origen.
Calvin's reference to "Moses" reflects a precritical understanding of the authorship of the Genesis accounts of origins.
Meillassoux in fact embraces a "precritical" philosophy in order to "revise decisions often considered as infrangible since Kant." (12) That we are supposed to look to precritical philosophy as an end run around the critical Kant is a compelling idea for theorists who can sense the persistent medievalite or "dogmatism" of modern thought.
(48) In the first, the jurist's faith in the legal materials is "precritical," meaning legal necessity is expected to emerge by virtue of the social world's natural and nonideological coherence.
By postcritical I do not mean that we pitch what we have learned about the text and its historical background during the critical period but that we reengage a precritical imagination that the text witnesses to God in Christ.