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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: October 2020

Question 2, article 4 - Whether man’s happiness consists in power?

from Question 2 - Where Does Complete Happiness Lie? Failed Candidates


The term translated as “power,” potestate, can refer to all sorts of powers. However, the kind of power discussed in the present Article is not the power to build a house, to prove a theorem, to be aroused to anger, or to write a book, but the power to rule or direct others. Curiously, although people in our society readily admit to the desire to be “administrators,” join “management,” learn “leadership,” or enter “public service,” they rarely admit to a desire to rule or attain power.

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