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1. Sociological Aspects

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Viewed from the perspective of its etymology (Lat. posse, potestas), power involves ability, possibility, and capacity. It is the potency inhering in all doing or making (Action Theory) and relates to motive and the use of means. Action is inconceivable without means, that is, the command of resources and potential. This statement applies equally to the natural, physical, cultural, symbolic, individual, and social…

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Lipp, Wolfgang, Huber, Wolfgang and Stobbe, Heinz-Günther, “Power”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.129>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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