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Agnes Horvath

This chapter distinguishes two forms of power. Taking a critical look at Weberian or Foucauldian conceptions of power, which either describe institutionalized domination or omnipresent and all-pervasive metapower, Horvath distinguishes ‘first’ from ‘second’ power. Whilst second power has become dominant in modernity, first power is about the centrality of power inside every human being. This chapter therefore shifts attention from the focus on external forces of power, which are a product of necessity or automatic diffusion, towards a focus on power as relying on inner, personal coherence, rooted in a rich and full personality. The chapter’s ultimate claim is that power is a result of the perfect freedom of will, which is capable of giving without the need to receive back. The possession of power centers not only on keeping its borders intact but also on resisting every external intrusion and maintaining its own form.

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István Hamecz and Ágnes Horváth