Will to power

In science, will to power, German wille zur macht, is an 1883 theory, conceived by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, conceptualized as an upgrade to Arthur Schopenhauer’s 1818 will to live theory—itself a modified extension of the Johann Goethe’s 1796 chemical affinity internal force/external force reacting system metamorphology theory of the will—intermixed with aspects of Roger Boscovich’s 1758 “center of forces” atomic theory and Wilhelm Roux’s 1881 Darwin-modified cellular-level “struggle for existence” theory, the gist of which argues something to the affect that the so-called "will" of all material entities throughout the universe is mediated by the inherent desire to obtain "power" or mastery or stability of work per unit time dynamics in the atomic geometries of movement.

In 1888, Nietzsche had some 1,067 draft noted completed on this subject, posthumously-published as The Will to Power: An Attempt at a Revaluation of All Values. [2]


Nietzsche’s will to power theory is not only, supposedly, intermixed with some kind of wave mechanics theory, e.g. citation of the ebb and flow of the ocean, but also thermodynamics, supposedly, somewhere discussing “will to power cycles” between a hot high point [hot body] and a cold low point [cold body], in global and local terms. American Nietzsche scholar philosopher Eric Steinhart comments, to give one example: [1]

“These thermal cycles constitute the inner will that distinguishes the will to power form merely mechanical forces.”

Moreover, supposedly, Nietzsche, as Steinhart discusses, somewhere renders “entropy cyclical” in his theory.

See also: Thermodynamics humor
The following is a humorous depiction of a Will to Power Bar, supposedly sold for $4.99 out of PhilosophersGuild.com, a play on the Power Bar—the first “energy bar”, invented in 1986 by Canadian athlete Brian Maxwell, Mike McCollum, and nutritionist Jennifer Biddulph—and Nietzsche’s will to power theory, his uberman theory, his theories on good and evil, and his beyond Judeo-Christianity models of philosophical atheism and nihilism: [3]

Will to Power (bar)

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Money, Power, Women (Scareface)
The so-called "money, power, respect" philosophy was introduced in the 1983 film during the pool scene after Manny gets rejected by a woman who is laying out. (clip)

The following is related "money, power, women" gangster philosophy quote: (clip)

“In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.”
— Tony Montana (1983), Scarface

A spin-off variant of the above, to note, is the "money, power, respect" street philosophy of the Scarface motto association, supposedly on the logic that: "when you get the women, then you get the respect", such as found in the 1998 debut album title Money, Power, & Respect, of the hip hop group The LOX, the 2006 film Money, Power, Respect: How Far Will You Go?, and the 2006 video game title Scarface: Money, Power, Respect.

Search keys
● Nietzsche, will to power, thermodynamics

See also
Freud-Schiller drive theory

1. (a) Steinhart, Eric. (1999). “The Will to Power and Parallel Distributed Processing” (§:From Thermodynamic to Philology: the Thermodynamic Conception of the Will to Power), in: Nietzsche, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science: Nietzsche and the Sciences II (editors: Babette Babich, Robert Cohen) (pgs. 313-22; §, pgs. 314-). Kluwer Academic Publishers.
(b) Steinhart, Eric. (1999). On Nietzsche (thermodynamics, pg. 80). Cengage Learning.
2. Nietzsche, Friedrich. (1885). Will to Power: An Attempt at a Revaluation of All Values (translator: Walter Kaufmann and Reginald Hollingdale; editor: Walter Kaufmann). Random House, 2011.
3. (a) Will to Power Bar ($4.99) – PhilosophersGuild.com.
(b) PowerBar – Wikipedia.

Further reading
● Plank, William. (2002). The Quantum Nietzsche: the Will to Power and the Nature of Dissipative Systems (ch. 7: Human Reality as a Thermodynamics Model, pgs. 33-34). iUniverse.

External links
Will to power – Wikipedia.

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