The Challenges of Ivan Illich: A Collective Reflection

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Lee Hoinacki, Carl Mitcham
SUNY Press, Jul 18, 2002 - Education - 256 pages
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This unique collection examines the man Utne Reader has called “the greatest social critic of the twentieth century.” The essays—all by people Illich has influenced personally—discuss how his life and thought have affected conceptualization, study, and practice of psychotherapy, notions about education, ideas concerning the historical development of the text, perceptions of technology, as well as other topics. All of Illich’s books are discussed and his ideas on education, theology, technology, anarchism, and society are examined in relationship to those of René Girard, Karl Polanyi, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Ellul. Illich’s previously unpublished paper offering a new view of conspiracy in European history is included.
 

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Contents

Ivan Illich as We Knew Him in the 1950s
35
The Adventure of Publishing Ivan Illich
43
On Ivan Illich and His Friends
49
In the Shadow of Jerome
59
Economy Subsistence and Psychological Inquiry
73
Or Literacy Matters And How
89
Glimpses of a World Past
101
Hospitality Cannot Be a Challenge
113
My Years Studying Ivan Illich
153
Don Quixote in the Contemporary Global Tragicomedy
163
Energy and the Mystery of Iniquity
177
Ivan Illich and Rene Girard
189
Ivan Illichs Break with the Past
205
The Quest for Past Somatics
219
The Cultivation of Conspiracy
233
Contributors
243

How Ivan Illich Revealed to Me That
129
A Letter on Studying with Master Illich
141

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Lee Hoinacki is an independent scholar in residence at St. Malachy's, Philadelphia, and the author of El Camino: Walking to Santiago de Compostela; Stumbling Toward Justice: Stories of Place; and Dying Is Not Death.

Carl Mitcham is Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines and author of Thinking through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy and other works of critical reflection on science and technology.

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