Illich, Ivan

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Abstract

As a Catholic priest cum public intellectual, Ivan Illich is best known for his critique of modern industrial society and its institutions, in particular his controversial deschooling proposal set forth in the 1970s. What is often neglected is the significant shift in his subsequent intellectual development, in which Illich turned to cultural history for questioning the modern certainties concerning our practices and needs. On that basis, Illich suggested that the origin of modern culture and its malaises can be traced back to Christianity and its perversion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences
PublisherElsevier
Pages584-588
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
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Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015

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CHEN, H. F. (2015). Illich, Ivan. In International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (pp. 584-588). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.61220-5