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Power politics: the sociophysics of human interaction: Interdisciplinary metaphors of energy-entropy-equity in physics-logics-politics

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Power politics: the sociophysics of human interaction: Interdisciplinary metaphors of energy-entropy-equity in physics-logics-politics

Arnopoulos, Paris (1997) Power politics: the sociophysics of human interaction: Interdisciplinary metaphors of energy-entropy-equity in physics-logics-politics. Discussion Paper. GAMMA Research Institute of Montreal & Concordia University, Montréal (QC). (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The concept of power is a fundamental notion in the human vocabulary. Yet, as old and venerable as it is, common sense and expert opinion alike have great difficulty in coming to grips with its nature or essence. It seems that power is a many splendored thing, depending on the point of view of the beholder.

This problem of conceptualization is particularly acute between the natural and social sciences. Although the former has a clear position and rigorous definition of the term, the latter is still fuzzy on the concept and moot in its exact meaning; a situation that creates great difficulties and constant misunderstandings, especially in interdisciplinary discourse.

The present study attempts to resolve these semantic issues, thus increasing human comprehension of this phenomenon and improving our ability to deal with it. That is done by extending General Systems Theory into a Sociophysics paradigm. This most recent exploration into scientific integration begins with a metaphoric transposition and ends with a symmetric composition leading towards that distant Grand Unified Theory at the end of the enlightenment tunnel.

As a small step towards a general theory of power, this study focuses on power politics as a quintessential example of a natural-cultural metaphor. Consequently the central thesis here is that a rigorous definition of power can be similarly, easily and usefully applied to all three realms of reality: intrapersonal, interpersonal and extrapersonal. As a result of a more exact denotation and more widely shared connotation of the term, one should be in a better position to understand its manifold manifestations and control its multiple applications. This paper will therefore proceed deductively: first by inscribing the nominal definition of general concepts, then describing their actual manifestation in reality, and finally concluding by prescribing some ideal solution to their problems.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Authors:Arnopoulos, Paris
Date:1997
ID Code:983182
Deposited By: DANIELLE DENNIE
Deposited On:06 Nov 2017 14:28
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:56

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