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Krisis des Machtbegriffs und Kritik der Gewalt


Meyer, Katrin (2015). Krisis des Machtbegriffs und Kritik der Gewalt. Studia Philosophica, 74:93-105.

Abstract

This article focuses on the epistemological and normative crisis of the critique of power, which was initiated by the ontological generalization of the concept following Hannah Arendt’s and Michel Foucault’s theories of power. The challenge for a contemporary critique of power lies in conceptualizing power both as a relation of inequality (power over) and as collective agency (power to), and in articulating this combination in a normative perspective. The article argues that this task can be fulfilled if, in a first step, power is differentiated from violence; and if, in a second step, their historical intersections in the forms of «power to violence» and of «power of violence» can be worked out. These forms of power are accompanied by the effects of social rupture and reification, which offer criteria for a normative critique of power.

Abstract

This article focuses on the epistemological and normative crisis of the critique of power, which was initiated by the ontological generalization of the concept following Hannah Arendt’s and Michel Foucault’s theories of power. The challenge for a contemporary critique of power lies in conceptualizing power both as a relation of inequality (power over) and as collective agency (power to), and in articulating this combination in a normative perspective. The article argues that this task can be fulfilled if, in a first step, power is differentiated from violence; and if, in a second step, their historical intersections in the forms of «power to violence» and of «power of violence» can be worked out. These forms of power are accompanied by the effects of social rupture and reification, which offer criteria for a normative critique of power.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
290 Other religions
Language:German
Date:2015
Deposited On:31 May 2019 06:32
Last Modified:11 May 2022 10:56
Publisher:Schwabe
ISSN:0081-6825
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.24894/StPh-de.2015.74007

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