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Power

  • Sophie Fuggle
Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)

Abstract

The next stage in the critical encounter staged between Foucault and Paul involves mapping out a conception of power that is not confined by existing categories of theology or philosophy. The aim here is to move toward an understanding of power that has more practical applications. How might we act politically and ethically within existing power structures? Indeed, how is it possible to act politically and ethically at all? However, before arriving at this point that constitutes the focus of chapter 4, it is first necessary to work through a number of key critical considerations concerning both the function and identity of power. It is power, after all, that is really what is at stake for both Foucault and Paul. Questions of life and death may constitute the motivation, the driving force behind their thought, but it is power that provides them with the means of articulating these questions. Power is the instrument, the conceptual tool, employed by Foucault and Paul to make sense of their worlds. Paul uses the term power “δύναμις” to explain God’s intervention in the world. Foucault uses the term “pouvoir” to explain how a society functions according to specific discourses or “truths.” As such the role of power cannot be underestimated in either of their works. Power is everywhere and in everything. There is nothing outside of power.

Keywords

Penal System Sovereign Power Disciplinary Power Divine Power Individual Existence 
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