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Essays








Essays of Ivan Illich

Single essays often included in books or collections



To Hell with Good Intentions (1968) Volunteers fighting poverty in Mexico are vacationing salesmen for the middle-class "American way of life".
Vernacular Values (Shadow Work) (1980) Essays for Shadow Work. Professionals have taken over things people used to do for themselves - even learning their own language. 
Silence is a Commons
(1983) Essay about electronic media.
Hospitality and Pain (1987)
The Educational enterprise in the Light of the Gospel (1988)
Posthumous Longevity (1989)
Ascesis. Introduction, etymology and bibliography (1989)
Letter to David Ramage (1989)
Declaration on Soil (1990)
Health as one's own responsibility - No, thank you! (1990)
The Sad Loss of Gender (1990)
Needs (1990)
Text and University - on the idea and history of a unique institution (1991)
Autostop
  With Jean Robert (1992)
To Honor Jacques Ellul
(1993)
Brave new biocracy - Health care from womb to tomb (1994)
Death undefeated - From medicine to medicalisation to systematisation (1995)
The wisdom of Leopold Kohr (1996) One of the first economists to question modernization and growth by emphasizing the importance of small scale.
Speed? What Speed? (1996)
Philosophy... Artifacts... Friendship (1996)
Philosophy, Artifacts, Friendship (1996) Sligthly modified version
The Cultivation of Conspiracy (1998)
The Scopic Past and the Ethics of the Gaze With Barbara Duden (1998)
The Conditional Human (1999)
L'obsession de la santé parfaite (1999) Our obsession with perfect health lets the medical system treat us as objects.
The Loudspeaker on the Tower (2000)
Guarding the Eye in the Age of Show
(2001)

 

www.ivanillich.org: Texts in Spanish.

New York Review of Books:

Education Without School: How It Can Be Done, NYRB Jan 7, 1971
Commencement at the University of Puerto Rico, NYRB Oct 9, 1969 (full text for subscribers only)
Outwitting the "Developed" Countries, NYRB Nov 6, 1969 (full text for subscribers only)
Why We Must Abolish Schooling, NYRB Jul 2, 1970 (full text for subscribers only)
Schooling: The Ritual of Progress, NYRB Dec 3, 1970 (full text for subscribers only)


Recordings


Hommage ŕ Jacques Ellul
: The French critic of technology, Jacques Ellul. In French. Size 20K.
Du Lisible au Visible: The medieval philosopher Hugh of St. Victor. In French.
CBC Interview: February, 2000.
The Rise of Homo Economicus: Ivan Illich with David Cayley (3.27 minutes).
Taught Mother Tongue and Nation State: The invention of standard Spanish, the first language that people were taught to speak (3.25 minutes).











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