Creative MindPosted: May 23, 2009
Ever since the exclusion of the activity and commerce of the sophists, ever since the paradoxes were muzzled, more or less securely, it would seem that Western thought has seen to it that discourse be permitted as little room as possible between thought and words. It would appear to have ensured that to discourse should appear merely as a certain interjection between speaking and thinking; that it should constitute thought, clad in its signs and rendered visible by words or, conversely, that the structures of language themselves should be brought into play, producing a certain effect of meaning…
…Whether it is the philosophy of a founding subject, a philosophy of originating experience or a philosophy of universal mediation, discourse is really only an activity, of writing in the first case, of reading in the second and exchange in the third. This exchange, this writing, this reading, never involve anything but signs. Discourse thus nullifies itself, in reality, in placing itself at the disposal of the signifier.
— Michel Foucault, The Discourse on Language