Continental Philosophy

Friedrich Nietzsche

What did Friedrich Nietzsche mean by power?

In his Will to Power (compiled posthumously in 1901) Nietzsche is more concerned with the power and strength of the individual than in the individual’s control over others. Nietzsche believed that the world was in constant flux and that the only way living things could enjoy being alive was not by knowledge of ideal or unchanging entities, but by constantly increasing their own power. The will to live was for him identical to the will to power because existence is a continual struggle. The “transmogrification” of values by the Overman would represent a future stage of this will to power in the form of new, successful life.


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