Power: Oppression, Subservience, and Resistance

Power: Oppression, Subservience, and Resistance

by Raymond Angelo Belliotti


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Power: Oppression, Subservience, and Resistance by Raymond Angelo Belliotti

Deepens our understanding of power through a survey of how its dynamics have been understood from ancient times to the present.

Frequently understood in simplistic and often highly negative terms, the concept of power has proven to be both uncommonly intriguing and maddeningly elusive. In Power, Raymond Angelo Belliotti begins by fashioning a general definition of power that is refined enough to capture the numerous types of power in all their multifaceted complexity. He then proceeds in a series of discrete yet thematically connected meditations to explore the meaning of power in ancient, modern, and contemporary thought. In grappling with the critical questions surrounding the accumulation, distribution, and exercise of personal and social power, this work allows us to confront fundamental questions of who we are and how we might live better lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438459554
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Raymond Angelo Belliotti is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is the author of many books, including Machiavelli’s Secret: The Soul of the Statesman, also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1

I Concepts of Power 11

II Thrasymachus (ca. 459 BC-ca. 400 BC) and Socrates (ca. 470 BC-ca. 399 BC): Does Might Make Right? 37

III Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527): The Ambiguity of Power 49

IV Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900): The Will to Power 71

Part 2

V Stoicism: Overcoming Oppression through Attitude 97

VI Georg W F. Hegel (1770-1831): The Dynamic of Dyadic Relationships of Power 117

VII Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937): Securing the Acquiescence of the Oppressed 131

Part 3

VIII Michel Foucault (1926-1984): The Ubiquity of Power 153

IX Jurgen Habermas (1929-): The Power of Communicative Rationality 175

X Feminism: The Power of Collective Transformation 197

XI Final Words 217

Notes 233

Bibliography 241

About the Author 251

Index 253

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