Franco La Cecla
Ivan Illich and The Art of Living
A thinker who has questioned the very idea of progress, development and even modernity, anticipating the criticism of the total institutions that, only a few decades later, was launched by Foucault and, in Italy, by Basaglia.
The heritage that Illich has left us is that of a radical and totally actual critique of the existing even if it has often been distorted, misrepresented and used by those who were potentially its enemies. This book represents the only biography of Illich written by someone, like La Cecla, who knew it directly and intimately as a student and a friend. Certainly, a difficult relationship, the one of a disobedient disciple, who has talked with him and discussed for twenty years, without ever becoming a follower. Through the events of a life that is not at all banal, La Cecla proposes an essential reading of Illich's thought to highlight the extreme importance of systematic doubt and to understand the richness of his contribution in the field of critique of total institutions, of ecological thought, of the new economy, sexuality ....
IVAN ILLICH, (1926-2002), Austrian by birth but American for acquisition, was a writer, educator, philosopher, linguist, theologian and historian of institutions. One of the most radical intellectuals of the second half of the twentieth century, he lived most of his life in Mexico, where he directed the Centro Intercultural de Documentaciķn in Cuernavaca.
FRANCO LA CECLA, anthropologist and urban planner, has taught Cultural Anthropology in Berkeley, Paris, Venice, Bologna, and Milan. With elčuthera has already published: The Ape car. The only pop way to traffic (2009), Savoir faire. Talking bodies (2009), Virility/Blunt Ways (2010), Objects' emotional lives (2013), A Moral for Everyday Life (2012), Breake up (2014), Local Mind (2015) A Eulogy of the West (2016).
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