The influence of Nietzsche on Foucault is undeniable; his entire life's work bears a striking resemblance to Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals.

; p. 96): « la puissance est ce qui veut dans la volonté » (N&P-F, p. 96). The concept of desiring-production is part of Deleuze and Guattari's more general appropriation of Friedrich Nietzsche's formulation of the will to power. If the will to power is expressive and productive, the will to nothingness designates what Deleuze will call the betrayal of the will to power as such. Such an interpretation would indeed have two disadvantages. The will to nothingness cannot be confused with the will to power even though the will to nothingness is a quality of the will to power which expresses and signifies the nihilism of a social body (NP, 64).


(Nietzsche, The Will to Power) What is the point? Deleuze provides a formula which explains the relation of will to power and its symptoms (forces): “Force is what can, will to power is what wills” (Deleuze 1983, p. 50). “Power, as a will to power, is not that which the will wants, but that which wants in the will (Dionysus himself).” (N-E p. 73) Deleuze adds, “The will to power … It relies far too heavily on The Will to Power and ignores a number of his actually published works. Deleuze and Nietzsche: On Frivolous Propositions and Related Matters ELlE DURING "I am never trying to raise contradictions. If the will to power meant wanting power, it would clearly depend on long established values, such as honor, money, or social influence, since these values determine the attribution and recognition of power as an object of desire and will. Forces are the external manifestations of the will to power; all symptoms proceed from this genealogical element. In both concepts, a pleasurable force of appropriation of what is outside oneself, incorporating into oneself what is other than oneself, characterizes the essential process of all life. A note, however, for those who are intrepid enough to venture forth in Deleuze: this book was written a half-century ago, and should not be taken as an authoritative reading of Nietzsche. The interaction between forces presupposes the element of encounter. Help me rather formulate the problem!"

The Will to Power (German: Der Wille zur Macht) is a book of notes drawn from the literary remains (or Nachlass) of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche by his sister Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche and Peter Gast (Heinrich Köselitz).The title derived from a work that Nietzsche himself had considered writing. In Deleuze’s hand, the will to power is turned inside out (N&P-F, p. 59 et seq. The will to power, then, is not a will that wants power or wants to dominate.