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Challenges of Ivan Illich, The
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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 Illich’s previously unpublished paper offering a new view of conspiracy in European history is included.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. THE CHALLENGES OF IVAN ILLICH
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. PART I: INTRODUCTIONS
  2. p. ix
  1. 1. Reading Ivan Illich
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. The Challenges of This Collection
  2. pp. 9-32
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  1. PART II: THE PERSON
  2. p. 33
  1. 3. Ivan Illich as We Knew Him in the 1950s
  2. pp. 35-42
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  1. 4. The Adventure of Publishing Ivan Illich
  2. pp. 43-48
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  1. 5. On Ivan Illich and His Friends
  2. pp. 49-52
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  1. 6. Ivan Illich at the Wissenschaftskolleg
  2. pp. 53-58
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  1. 7. In the Shadow of Jerome
  2. pp. 59-70
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  1. PART III: ARENAS OF THOUGHT
  2. p. 71
  1. 8. Economy, Subsistence, and Psychological Inquiry
  2. pp. 73-88
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  1. 9. ABC Redux: Or Literacy Matters. And How!
  2. pp. 89-100
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  1. 10. Ivan Illich’s Concept of "Rests”: Glimpses of a World Past
  2. pp. 101-112
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  1. 11. Hospitality Cannot Be a Challenge
  2. pp. 113-126
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  1. PART IV: FACING SOCIETY
  2. p. 127
  1. 12. The Mess We’re In: How Ivan Illich Revealed to Me That the American Dream Is Actually a Nightmare
  2. pp. 129-140
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  1. 13. A Letter on Studying with Master Illich
  2. pp. 141-152
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  1. 14. From the Economy to Friendship: My Years Studying Ivan Illich
  2. pp. 153-162
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  1. 15. Don Quixote in the Contemporary Global Tragicomedy
  2. pp. 163-174
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  1. PART V: EXTENDING INTERPRETATIONS
  2. p. 175
  1. 16. Energy and the Mystery of Iniquity
  2. pp. 177-188
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  1. 17. Detour and Sacrifice: Ivan Illich and Ren
  2. pp. 189-204
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  1. 18. Ivan Illich’s Break with the Past
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. 19. The Quest for Past Somatics
  2. pp. 219-230
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  1. PART VI: EPILOGUE
  2. pp. 231-232
  1. 20. The Cultivation of Conspiracy
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 243-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-256
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