Ivan Illich


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Ivan Illich 4 September 1926 – 2 December 2002) was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest, and "maverick social critic" of the institutions of contemporary Western culture and their effects on the provenance and practice of education, medicine, work, energy use, transportation, and economic development. more »

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  • ''There is no greater distance than that between a man in prayer and God.''
    Ivan Illich (b. 1926), Austrian-born U.S. theologian, author. Celebration of Awareness, ch. 4 (1969).
  • It takes more time and effort and delicacy to learn the silence of a people than to learn its sounds. Some people have a special gift for this. Perhaps this explains why some missionaries, notwithstan...
    Ivan Illich (b. 1926), Austrian-born U.S. theologian, author. Celebration of Awareness, ch. 4 (1969).
  • Exporting Church employees to Latin America masks a universal and unconscious fear of a new Church. North and South American authorities, differently motivated but equally fearful, become accomplices ...
    Ivan Illich (b. 1926), Austrian-born U.S. theologian, author. Celebration of Awareness, ch. 5 (1969).
  • Latin America can no longer tolerate being a haven for United States liberals who cannot make their point at home, an outlet for apostles too "apostolic" to find their vocation as competent profession...
    Ivan Illich (b. 1926), Austrian-born U.S. theologian, author. Celebration of Awareness, ch. 5 (1969).
  • School divides life into two segments, which are increasingly of comparable length. As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the...
    Ivan Illich (b. 1926), Austrian-born U.S. theologian, author. Celebration of Awareness, ch. 8 (1969).
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