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'Concerning the Indians': Ius Naturale, Infidels, and Natives

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The investiture of Grotius-as-Author(-ity) with Post-Colonial significance is concomitant with the re-de-notation of De iure Praedae as De Indis. This de-notational shift signifies Grotius as a disseminating figure in the emergence of Occidentalism as the foundational discursive formation of the first Modernity. Grotius' identity as the 'last' primitive legal scholar is neither accidental nor incidental; it is critical to his identification as Author(-ity). The de-constructive approach to his authorial presence is complemented perfectly by the TimeSpace dimensions of Braudelian and World-Systems History. The chapter argues that this holds the interpretative key to historical re-construction. Grotius/Au-thor/Text are embedded within three concentric circles of differential temporal dimension. It is not that International Law entered into some post-ontological state sometime during the early modern period of the 'long' 16th century. Rather, contemporary international jurisprudence merely constitutes one more metaphysical construction, but one that has forgotten how to speak its own name.

Keywords: Grotian heritage; Indians; infidels; International Law; lus Naturale; natives



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