Interpretations of Nietzsche’s Theory of Power:
o Life as power: you can’t do anything without life, you can’t have power without
it. Take away someone’s power, take away their life. Meaning is the will to power.
You can increase power by becoming stronger through conflict, your ability is
defined by your power and instincts.
o We value the different elements of our existence and the tangible world around us
based on how we interpret their potential for our ability to increase our own
powers. If we perceive something as being able to further our will to power –
tangible or not – it will be valuable.
o You can view things as having power over you but that’s only in the mind, which
you ultimately have power over.
o View “points” as having importance and power.
o LIFE IS THE WILL TO POWER.
Theory of Power
o His theory of power is evident in the genealogy of morals.
o Power isn’t something that oppresses us (a common perception of modern power),
but more so it is productive – it generates. It is not just about political institutions
or governance – it is far larger.
o His approach shows us that power is so omnipresent and dispersed and constant in
a society, that we are often not aware of all of it. It is through power relationships
that slave morality was instituted. H views history as a series of violence, power
struggle, and dominations – lacking genuine progress. It is about power relations
that are not tied or driven to a certain end or outcome.
o Power is political in the sense that they are