Defining the true meaning of power and how its represented can be different to every person. Foucault believed that power is not possessed but instead it’s exercised. According to the lecture, “the idea that the social body itself is the location of power, a concept enriched in the United States Declaration of Independence as “We the People,” is reframed in the U.S. These governing bodies are designed to control individual behavior.” While Lorde believed that woman sexuality caused them to obtain power over men. Such as in the story “Lysistrata” it states, “our husbands will get hard and want to screw. But then, if we stay away and won’t come near them, they’ll make peace soon enough. I’m sure of it.” Foucault and Lorde use these theories in order to explain the true meaning of power. Yet there are many other ways to explain the true meaning of power. For example Robert Dahl published an article on the concept of power. He explains the true meaning behind the concept of power. In the article “The Concept Of Power” Dahl states, “Power is here defined in terms of a relation between people, and is expressed in simple symbolic notation. From this definition is developed a statement of power comparability, or the relative degree of power held by two or more persons.” Dahl believed that everyone contain some sort of power but some had more than others. Aristotle is another famous philosopher that explains how power is represented through the government. Aristotle stated, “H]e who bids the law rule may be deemed to bid God and Reason alone rule, but he who bids man rule adds an element of the beast; for desire is a wild beast, and passion perverts the minds of rulers, even when they are the best of men. The law is reason unaffected by desire.” Aristotle believed that the government should obey its citizens. Since they make up most of the city population then they become powerful people. Finally, Aristotle believed that power was obtain when people united as one.
BRIA 26 1 Plato and Aristotle on Tyranny and the Rule of Law – Constitutional Rights Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2016, from http://www.crf-usa.org/bill-of-rights-in-action/bria-26-1-plato-and-aristotle-on-tyranny-and-the-rule-of-law.html