75 Foucault's Practice of Thinking CHARLES SCOTT Vanderbilt University Thinking is an event for Foucault. The aspect of that event that we shall explore is the awareness that occurs in thinking as it is carried out by Foucault. This focus is doubly awkward. We do not usually consider the practice of thinking-I mean thinking as it goes on as distinct from what specifically is thought-to be itself a describable kind of awareness. And since Foucault intends to remain free of the web of philosophies of consciousness and subjectivity, he is not inclined to consider discourses in terms of awareness, much less to consider his own thinking about other discourses in that light. He is interested in critical and genealogical analyses of institutions, structures of knowing, formations and trans- formations of patterns in communities, disciplines, and societies. We are presently asking about what happens when one approaches and thinks about these subjects as Foucault does. How does Foucault's discourse affect what can be perceived, said, and thought? What kind of awareness s occurs in his discourse? We are thus not asking only about what Foucault thinks. We are also asking about the awarenesses lodged in his critical and genealogical
Research in Phenomenology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1984
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