PHILOSOPHY TO DAY: POWER

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“It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.”
 Sigmund Freud

“There is no power relation without the correlative constitution of a field of knowledge, nor any knowledge that does not presuppose and constitute at the same time power relations”
Michel Foucault

Scientia potentia est.

Knowledge is power.”
 Thomas Hobbes

“What is the cause of historical events? Power. What is power? Power is the sum total of wills transferred to one person. On what condition are the will so for the masses transferred to one person? On condition that the person express the will of the whole people. That is, power is power. That is, power is a word the meaning of which we do not understand. ”
 Leo Tolstoy

“To think that because those who wield power in society wield in the end that of government, therefore it is of no use to attempt to influence the constitution of the government by acting on opinion, is to forget that opinion is itself one of the greatest active social forces. One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.”
 John Stuart Mill

“Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”
 Thucydides

“But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!”
 Friedrich Nietzsche

“All power is the same. Magic. Physical strength. Economic strength. Political strength. It all serves a single purpose-it gives its possessor a broader spectrum of choices. It creates alternative courses of action. ”
 Jim Butcher

“Power revealed is power sacrificed. The truly powerful exert their influence in ways unseen, unfelt. Some would say that a thing visible is a thing vulnerable.”
 Guillermo del Toro

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