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The Mightie Frame: Epochal Change and the Modern World

Nicholas Greenwood Onuf


Inspired by Michel Foucault’s The Order of Things, this book tells a story about epochal change in the modern world. While both books are concerned with how we moderns think about ourselves and our world, this book emphasizes the conceptual links in the ways we think, talk, get things done, conduct ourselves, and run societies. Both tell the story as a succession of epochs or ages separated by great ruptures. First is the Renaissance as the age of similitudes, ending around 1650. In its wake is the classical epoch as the age of tables, succeeded around 1800 by the modern epoch as a time of exp ... More

Keywords: modern world, epochs, Foucault, conditions of thought, conditions of rule, transitions, international relations, modernism, decline, virtue ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190879808
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190879808.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Greenwood Onuf, author
Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Florida International University