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Ivan Illich

In he completed his PhD at the University of Salzburg an exploration of the nature of historical knowledge. He raises a lot of interesting issues and ideas. The book lacks more convincing arguments and discutions though. The activities of daily life become more deeply penetrated by commodification and the economic and social arrangements it entails.

However, as Carl Mitcham has argued, his thought and life have had an influence on a small, but close circle of friends see Ivan Illich Studies below. He criticizes the dependence that such situation creates, the transformation of humans into obsolete objects, and the emergence of a “modernized p This book is a critique to the way specialized knowledge is institutionalized and how technocratic elites play a dominant role in modern society.

In this new work Illich generalized the themes that he had previously applied to the field of education: I’m not on board with his desires for non-voluntary population reduction If I followed him correctly and I’m slightly skeptical that his critique of capitalism is so powerful as to make me want to join his convivial revolution.

At the core of Illich’s argument is a call to develop and implement technologies that promote and sustain the creative faculties of autonomous individuals living in illic communities of deliberation and debate.


Fascinating collection of essays exploring violence; the eloquence of silence; the seamy side of charity; the powerless church; the futility of schooling; sexual power and political potency; a constitution for cultural revolution. If you are interested in science and technology studies, this is pretty cool, from a historical standpoint, anyway. What really matters ultimately is one’s character, not career — or multiple careers.

Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich

Illich, Ivan and Sanders, B. Argues for the building of societies in which modern technologies serve politically interrelated individuals rather managers.

If you are not, you will probably be disoriented – as I was – by Illich’s occasional casual remarks to the effect that he thinks Mao is doing a great job in China and maybe one day the United States will follow his lead. There can be no hidden pride about conviviallty one may be x or y instead of the z of one’s companion; nor can one feel falsely inferior due to being a or b.

This exer Having read this again in my mid-life and after seeing with more open eyes the manipulative and oppressive state and culture of government, institutions and corporations, while experiencing a more intentional simple life by choosing the harder illich e.

We explore key aspects of his theory and his continuing relevance for informal education and lifelong learning. Illifh book is dense, I must say. An Introduction to the Theology of J.

This page was last edited on 8 Novemberat This meant that Ivan Illich, along with his younger, twin brothers were able to live comfortably, attend good schools and travel extensively in Europe Smith and Smith While Illich never referred to himself as an anarchist in print, he was closely associated with major figures in left-anarchist circles, notably Paul Goodman and unschooling advocate John Holt.


The critical and questioning stance of the Centre, and its freewheeling ways of illlch in began to cause some concern amongst key elements of the Catholic hierarchy. Offers a historical perspective on anti-progress arguments that still appear today, but today, the sharp teeth are covered by benign dentures. Mar 22, Barbara Ab rated it it was ok.

A critique of experts and expertise. Toward a history of needs. Other are very specific, requires training and knowledge. Tools become convivial when they allow people to illlich and learn things in a personalised way that is in alignment with their interests and abilities.

His basic premise is that over-industrialization has fashioned us into dependent clients of a professional elite. Conviviality is what could mesure the real contribution of a given technology. Can conviviality still exist alongside industrial production? Illich was not one to mince his words:.

Ivan Illich – Wikipedia

Through our educational programme for missionaries we intended to challenge them to face reality and themselves, and either refuse their assignments or — if they accepted — to be a little bit less unprepared. They are blind to deeper frustration because they are absorbed in playing for always mounting stakes. In this piece we examine his legacy. As a politician, I predicted that there wasn’t enough strength in Catholic ranks to create a meaningful platform and that failure of McManus’s party would be disastrous on the already frail prestige of the Puerto Rican Church.

Read on to convivialityy more about the key ideas explored ican Tools for Conviviality.