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TRACE (II): Utopia and Late Scholasticism

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In this chapter, the author undertakes a critique of what is commonly viewed as the Text's 'repressed' pole of difference, Late Scholasticism. Virtually all of the primary discursive objects of De Indis - divisible sovereignty, res extra commercium, Corporate Sovereignty, international Just War - all embedded within the trans-national juridical landscape of the early Modern World-System of the 'long' 16th century, requiring consideration of the juridical dimensions of the items of concern within the terms of heterogeneity and pluralism. The author intends to prove that it is a mistake to interpret De Indis as a predominantly Humanist Text and highlights the various ways in which Grotius was equally unable to hold to a consistently descending, or 'utopian', form of rhetoric. He argues that the real question is not one of Authorial belief or intent but of discourse.

Keywords: De Indis; early Modern World-System; form of rhetoric; heterogeneity; international Just War; Late Scholasticism; pluralism; Utopia

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