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Introduction on Heterogeneity and the Origin(s) of De Indis of Hugo Grotius

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This introductory chapter provides an insight into all the arguments discussed in this book. Employing Deconstruction, this book critically investigates the 'problem' of the rival Names of the Grotian text: De Iure Praedae. It does not argue that De Indis is an objectively superior de-notation of the Text. The central hypothesis of this book is that De Indis, by virtue of its historically situated occupation of a highly specific juro-political landscape, operates within the parameters of a dual or 'double' trace: in temporal terms the early Modern World-System; in discursive terms, early Dutch Republicanism. Its approach is both non-teleological and non-functionalist. Both hermeneutical hazards are avoided by stressing the necessary discursive connections operating between the primitive governance features of a nascent World-System and the rhetorical stratagems of Republicanism.

Keywords: De Indis; Deconstruction; early Dutch Republicanism; Hugo Grotius; Modern World-System; nascent World-System



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