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Arche-Trace (II)/ Dominium: Divisible Sovereignty and the VOC as Corporate Sovereign

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A signature characteristic of De Indis is the recurrent juxtaposition of contending forms of sovereignty: the binary opposition between monistic and 'divisible' sovereignty forms a cardinal antinomy of both De Indis in particular and of the Grotian corpus as a whole. This chapter commences with a discussion on divisible sovereignty, heterogeneity, and deconstruction. It talks about neo-Thomistic opposition to Papal Monarchy, conciliarism and heterogeneity, the works of the neo-Thomist Suarez, Divisible Sovereignty, corporate sovereignty, an finally, the Logic of the Dangerous Supplement. De Indis reminds us of the 'structuralizing' role played by European colonialist hegemony. Holland's emergence as the first 'true' hegemon required the juridical legitimation of the States-General's investiture of dominium/proprietas with a de facto 'jurisdictional' function, institutionally embodied within the VOC.

Keywords: conciliarism; corporate sovereign; deconstruction; divisible sovereignty; heterogeneity; Neo-Thomism; VOC

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