10Social power and government

10.1Ontology of social power

Has an ontology of social power ever been adequately worked out in political philosophy and modern social science? The answer is: No. As noted in the Foreword, modern social science is per se blind to the ontological difference, and, for reasons investigated in previous chapters (cf. especially Chapter 5)), political philosophy has never succeeded in developing a socio-ontology of power interplay. Political and social power are such ubiquitous, thoroughly familiar phenomena that it seems possible to skip the question concerning what they are, to presuppose a preconception of the spectrum of phenomena (which are, indeed, very well understood) and to talk endlessly about them in a pseudo-philosophical, ...

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