THE CASPIAN REGION:Politics, Economics, Culture

Scientific journal

The strategy of conceptualizing power in the philosophy of Hannah Arendt

2017. №4, pp. 219-226

Boitsova O.U. - D.Sc. (Policy), Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 27-4 Lomonosovsky Ave., Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation, olga.boitsova@gmail.com

The article is devoted to the specifics of the interpretation of the concept "power" in the philosophy of Hannah Arendt. It shows common features and differences in political and philosophical approaches to the analysis of power: the use of the concept as a tool of fixation of the object of knowledge, the emphasis on social forms of power, the consideration of governments, in close connection with the policy. The author gives the characteristic of the major optics, reflected in the theories and basic antinomies that constitute the philosophical discourse of power - relationism/holism and agonism/solidarism. It is indicated that the historical, genetic, etymological optics refers to the strategy, appealing to empirical experience, while demarcation and logical-constructive optics rely on the constructive activity of the mind. The article places Arendt's theory of power in the context of these research strategies and shows that her philosophy is an example of a combination of several traditional optics used for the development of the original philosophical approach to the concept "power" in political thought. Analyzed the importance of the strategy of conceptualization of power in the philosophy of H. Arendt for contemporary philosophy.

Key words: власть, авторитет, влияние, насилие, управление, господство, концепт, политическая философия, политическое знание, политическая терминология, теории власти, power, authority, influence, violence, governance, domination, concept, political philosophy, political knowledge, political terminology, theories of power

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