Having, Being, and the Commons

  • Ugo Mattei


This chapter approaches the positivistic distinction between subjects and objects as derived from Cartesianism and as historically developed and currently applied in private law. From early modern times, the institution of property has been constructed as the relationship between a free subject and a legal “object.” Progressively abstracting from primitive relationships of material possession, private law has served as the main pillar in the foundations of capitalist extraction within current financial forms. Rethinking property as “being in common” thus constitutes the foundation of building a “generative” legal system.


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  • Ugo Mattei
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  1. 1.University of TurinTurinItaly

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