Ontologies of Power and Love

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This study seeks to expand conceptions of Adam Kahane’s definitions of Power and Love by considering diverse ontologies of these two concepts. Drawing on Tillich, Kahane’s definition references and privileges the Greek tradition. This work seeks to increase the complexity of these notions by exploring power and love from diverse cultural and philosophical traditions. This investigation will occur with the unifying theme of place: Minneapolis, MN. This city is a nexus of diversity, given its deep Native American heritage and its legacy of accepting and settling of various immigrant and refugee populations. The ontologies of power and love maintained by these several distinct cultures will be highlighted, along with a discussion of implications for Kahane’s conceptions of power and love.