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Temporalities of the Feeling of Power


The concept of “feeling of power” refers to the affective component of all power relationships. Powers become effective by being felt. In this paper, I argue that the feeling of power is a temporal phenomenon. I investigate its dynamics, its modifications through time, and I pay particular attention to the tension between its permanence and its fluctuations. Hence, it becomes an important criterion to question topics such as becoming, time, history and memory. I first show that the feeling of power consists in a process of intensification through the overcoming of a former feeling of powerlessness, both among the personal development of individuals and through the history of communities. Then I analyze how men try to enjoy it permanently and, by doing so, negate its dynamics of intensification through time. Finally, I show how the new conception of time Nietzsche proposed enables a satisfactory combination of all temporal aspects of the feeling of power and a balanced relationship between dynamic processes and firm states, change and consistency, accumulation and rupture.


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hal-04032201 , version 1 (16-03-2023)



David Simonin. Temporalities of the Feeling of Power. Anthony K. Jensen; Carlotta Santini. Nietzsche on Memory and History, De Gruyter, pp.239-252, 2020, 978-3110671070. ⟨10.1515/9783110671162-014⟩. ⟨hal-04032201⟩
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