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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  • 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).
  • The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimatel...
    Ivan Illich (b. 1926), Austrian-born U.S. theologian, author. Celebration of Awareness, preface to ch. 2 (1969).
  • ''At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.''
    Ivan Illich (b. 1926), Austrian-born U.S. theologian, author. Quoted in Sunday Times (London, November 20, 1988). In reply to a question on his be...
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