The International Journal of Illich Studies

Current Issue

Vol. 8 No. 2 (2021)
Published October 21, 2021

En este homenaje a Jean Robert en "dos partes", tratamos de honrar su vida, sus penetrantes síntesis, su amistad humilde y gentil. Los lectores de esta revista recordarán un numero especial anterior dedicado a Jean Robert en que él participó. Después de su muerte en octubre de 2020, damos de nuevo acceso a una modesta muestra de su obra - en inglés (número I) y en español (número II).

En el número I incluimos artículos escritos en inglés, con la introducciòn de los amigos de Jean, Sajay Samuel y Samar Farage.

En el número II incluimos artículos escritos en español. Tres introducciones distantas (incluyendo las traducciones al inglés) se encuentran al principio de este número especial. La primera introducción es de Sylvia Marcos, la compañera de toda la vida de Jean Robert, cuyos esfuerzos hicieron posible que el legado de Jean estuviera disponible en IJIS. La segunda introducción, del intelectual y activista mexicano Gustavo Esteva, viejo amigo y colaborador de Jean, incluye una breve descripción de cada artículo. La tercera introducción es también de otro viejo amigo y colaborador de Jean, el poeta y activista mexicano Javier Sicilia, cuyo recuento de sus últimos momentos con Jean revela la Itaca de la vida de Jean.


In this homage to Jean Robert in "two parts," we seek to honor his living, his penetrating syntheses, his humble and kindly friendship. Readers of IJIS will recall an earlier special issue devoted to Jean Robert in which Jean participated. Following his death in Oct. 2020, we again offer readers access to a modest sampling of his corpus – in English (Issue I) and in Spanish (Issue II).

In Issue I, we include articles written in English, introduced by Jean’s friends, Sajay Samuel and Samar Farage.

In Issue II, we include articles written in Spanish. Three distinct introductions (including English translations) begin this special issue. The first introduction is provided by Sylvia Marcos, the life companion of Jean Robert, who’s efforts make possible the legacy of Jean Robert available within IJIS. The second introduction, by Jean’s decades-long friend and collaborator, Mexican activist-intellectual Gustavo Esteva, offers a brief elaboration of each article. The third introduction, also by a decades long friend and collaborator, Mexican poet-activist Javier Sicilia, in who’s account of his final moments with Jean reveals the Ithaka of Jean’s life.


Ivan Illich: An Intellectual Journey NOW AVAILABLE

We are delighted to share the news that David Cayley's much anticipated book, Ivan Illich: An Intellectual Journey is now available for purchase at Penn State Press.


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Description of the book from the Penn State Press website:

"In the eighteen years since Ivan Illich’s death, David Cayley has been reflecting on the meaning of his friend and teacher’s life and work. Now, in Ivan Illich: An Intellectual Journey, he presents Illich’s body of thought, locating it in its own time and retrieving its relevance for ours.

Ivan Illich (1926–2002) was a revolutionary figure in the Roman Catholic Church and in the wider field of cultural criticism that began to take shape in the 1960s. His advocacy of a new, de-clericalized church and his opposition to American missionary programs in Latin America, which he saw as reactionary and imperialist, brought him into conflict with the Vatican and led him to withdraw from direct service to the church in 1969. His institutional critiques of the 1970s, from Deschooling Society to Medical Nemesis, promoted what he called institutional or cultural revolution. The last twenty years of his life were occupied with developing his theory of modernity as an extension of church history. Ranging over every phase of Illich’s career and meditating on each of his books, Cayley finds Illich to be as relevant today as ever and more likely to be understood, now that the many convergent crises he foresaw are in full public view and the church that rejected him is paralyzed in its “folkloric” shell.

Not a conventional biography, though attentive to how Illich lived, Cayley’s book is “continuing a conversation” with Illich that will engage anyone who is interested in theology, philosophy, history, and the Catholic Church."



February 9, 2021
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