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Power: Political power is the ability to influence or control the behavior of others in the political sphere. It can be exercised through formal institutions, such as the government, or through informal means, such as persuasion or coercion. See also Coercion, Persuasion, Government, Governance, Society, Politics, Democracy, Ideology.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Friedrich Nietzsche on Power - Dictionary of Arguments

Ries II 65
Will to power/Nietzsche: describes the way in which everything is "real" as dynamically united multiplicity. On the other hand:
NietzscheVsSchopenhauer: no identical primary source is hypostasized ontologically.
Will to power/self-conquest/Nietzsche: from the "I will" of the "lion" to the "holy saying yes" to the "I am" of the "child ".
Pfotenhauer IV 9
Power/Nietzsche: the will to power defeats the will to preserve.
Danto III 258
Power/Will to power/Nietzsche/Danto: the expression 'will to power' appears abruptly in Nietzsche's work, without much explaining what he means by it or the importance of this expression for his thinking.
Along with the doctrine of the eternal return, ...
Danto III 259
...of the superhuman and Cupid fati, the will to power should be an affirmation. It is not a property of the strong, but is suitable for all people, strong and weak. It is a generic characteristic of all living beings and no instinct among others, the instincts for their part are only modes of the will to power.
>Eternal return/Nietzsche, >Superhuman/Nietzsche.
Love/Nietzsche/Danto: one of Nietzsche's unique insights is that sex is not practiced primarily for the sake of pleasure or reproduction, but for the sake of power: love means to become entangled in a power struggle; sex is a means of domination and subjugation. The will to power seems to act as a fundamental drive to the individual instincts like the substance to accident.
Substance/will to power/Nietzsche/Danto: The whole world is will to power; there is nothing more fundamental because there is nothing else but him and his modifications. Then the will is a metaphysical, or rather: an ontological term, because 'will to power' is Nietzsche's answer to the question: 'What is there?'
Danto III 269
Survival/Nietzsche: According to Nietzsche, whether you preserve yourself or not has nothing to do with the blind exercise of the will to power, which characterizes every thing at every moment. Something survives, insofar as it emerges victoriously from the struggle of the will; but it does not fight to survive - if so, it would be exactly the other way around: Above all, something alive wants to omit its power - life itself is the will to power -: self-preservation is only one of the indirect and most frequent consequences of it.(1)

1. F. Nietzsche, Jenseits von Gut und Böse, KGW VI. 2, S. 21.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Nie I
Friedrich Nietzsche
Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe Berlin 2009

Nie V
F. Nietzsche
Beyond Good and Evil 2014

Ries II
Wiebrecht Ries
Nietzsche zur Einführung Hamburg 1990

Pfot I
Helmut Pfotenhauer
Die Kunst als Physiologie. Nietzsches ästhetische Theorie und literarische Produktion. Stuttgart 1985

Danto I
A. C. Danto
Connections to the World - The Basic Concepts of Philosophy, New York 1989
German Edition:
Wege zur Welt München 1999

Danto III
Arthur C. Danto
Nietzsche as Philosopher: An Original Study, New York 1965
German Edition:
Nietzsche als Philosoph München 1998

Danto VII
A. C. Danto
The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art (Columbia Classics in Philosophy) New York 2005

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