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This chapter concentrates on what Carl Schmitt defined as the “nomoi of the Earth,” the succession of geo-political, planetary spatial orders of the world. By engaging polemically with Schmitt’s description of the Eurocentric political and symbolical appropriations of the world, Mignolo draws the attention on the plurality of first nomoi of the Earth: the pre-modern, non-Western indigenous forms of life repressed by hegemonic Western narratives. Against all attempts at re-noming – the appropriation and expropriation of land by international corporations with the cooperation of nation-states in South and Central America – Mignolo calls for practices of “de-noming,” the decolonial resurgence of first nomoi and knowledges, marginalized but never fully erased by modern Western world history.

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