A Philosophical Investigation of the Commons

Aetzel Griffioen starts his contribution with a reflection on the markedly different manner in which The Netherlands have shifted away from the commons or ‘meent’ in comparison with England. The Dutch land consolidations of the 20thcentury reveal a history of the loss of collective institutes
in favour of the two pillars that are left to us now: state and market. This historico-philosophical approach serves to draw forth eight concepts on different scales of the commons. With these in hand, Griffioen will touch upon several strands of commonist thought in order to show they protect people and ecosystems against excesses of both state and market.

Aetzel Griffioen is an independent philosopher based in Rotterdam, and coordinator for ‘Skillcity / Rotterdam Vakmanstad’. In this capacity he also teaches philosophy on primary schools.