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Conclusion the New Law of the Earth

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The purpose of this book is to offer an original critical reading of Grotius' De Indis, employing the diverse methodologies of Critical Legal Theory, in particular those of Deconstruction, Post-Colonialism, and World-Systems Analysis. Looking beyond the narrow confines of this study and issue a more general pronouncement upon the relevance of the Grotian Heritage for New Stream scholarship, it would be that the Grotian Text constitutes an unparalleled example of the protean nature of ius naturale. The argument in the book invokes neither 'nihilism, nor - to use an even more obnoxious term in this era of the infinitely open-ended 'war against terror' - 'cultural relativism. It does, however, touch directly upon the Nietzschean principles implicit within Post-Structuralist analysis that power is the progenitor of value; or, to use Foucault's more precise formulation, that value is generated precisely within the discursive fields created by power/knowledge.

Keywords: Critical Legal Theory; De Indis; Grotian Heritage; International Law; Nietzschean principles



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