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Celebration of Awareness

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As a formidable critic of some of society's most cherished institutions, such as compulsory education and organised religion, Ivan Illich wrote of the need for radical humanism and established an idea of social virtue. This book contains essays by Illich which challenge conventional orthodoxies and include his profound questioning of bourgeois and liberal assumptions. With essays on charity, the clergyman, church, schooling and sexual power and political potency, the essays here contain much that will resonance in the twenty first century, as leaders and figure heads are brought under public scrutiny.

Published: Jan 1, 1971

Section Chapter Authors
Introduction Erich Fromm
Foreword Ivan Illich
Chapter 1
A Call to Celebration Ivan Illich
Chapter 2
Violence: A Mirror for Americans Ivan Illich
Chapter 3
Not Foreigners, Yet Foreign Ivan Illich
Chapter 4
The Eloquence of Silence Ivan Illich
Chapter 5
The Seamy Side of Charity Ivan Illich
Chapter 6
The Vanishing Clergyman Ivan Illich
Chapter 7
The Powerless Church Ivan Illich
Chapter 8
The Futility of Schooling Ivan Illich
Chapter 9
School: The Sacred Cow Ivan Illich
Chapter 10
Sexual Power and Political Potency Ivan Illich
Chapter 11
Planned Poverty: The End Result of Technical Assistance Ivan Illich
Chapter 12
A Constitution for Cultural Revolution Ivan Illich


Ivan Illich's arguments are shrewd, open and passionate
The Guardian

I see the great value in the writings of Dr Illich precisely in the fact that they represent humanistic radicalism in its fullest and most imaginative aspect. The author is a man of rare courage, great aliveness, extraordinary erudition and brilliance, and fertile imaginativeness, whose whole thinking is based on his concern for man's unfolding - physically, spiritually, and intellectually. The importance of his thoughts in this as well as his other writings lies in the fact that they have a liberating effect on the mind by showing entirely new possibilities; they make the reader more alive because they open the door that leads out of the prison of routinized, sterile, preconceived notions. By the creative shock they communicate - except to those who react only with anger at so much nonsense - they help to stimulate energy and hope for a new beginning.
from the Introduction by Erich Fromm