The Power Utility & Power Based Consequentialism
I wrote a paper called The Power Utility. I made a few attempts to get it published. The power utility is an exposition of the mechanics of my theory of power as it leads to an ethical theory. It follows a consequentialist approach (better known as utilitarianism) but employs a utility of power, not the traditional utility of happiness. The paper is written with spirit, making a strong argument for the power theory, and is thus somewhat out of character for most academic journals. As Walter Kaufmann points out, "Whatever professors of philosophy take up nowadays tends to become scholastic, and the rigor of the scholastics is rigor mortis."
I rewrote the paper to have a better chance of getting it published and in the process refined and improved some of the arguments. The latest version is called Power Based Consequentialism. This version has been rejected by three journals without even being sent for peer review. Discouraging, but also illuminating about the nature of academic philosophy. I still think the ideas are vital and perhaps I'll take another run at it.