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Ivan Illich Fifty Years Later

Situating Deschooling Society in His Intellectual and Personal Journey

by (author) Rosa Bruno-Jofre & Jon Igelmo Zaldivar

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
General, History, Philosophy & Social Aspects
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In 1971, priest, theologian, and philosopher Ivan Illich wrote Deschooling Society, a plea to liberate education from schooling and to separate schooling from the state. On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its publication, Ivan Illich Fifty Years Later looks at the theological roots of Illich’s thought and the intellectual and ideological strands that contributed to his ideas.


Guided by the central question of how Illich reached the point of writing Deschooling Society, the book sheds light on how Illich produced a critique of schooling that can be defined by its eclecticism. Bruno-Jofré and Igelmo Zaldívar explore how this controversial book was framed by Illich’s early neo-scholastic and anti-modern foundation, his discovery of St. Thomas through Jacques Maritain, and the existential turning points that influenced his public life and intellectual direction in moving from a critique of the Church as institution to a critique of schooling. Drawing from the interpretative theories of Quentin Skinner, Reinhart Koselleck, and William H. Sewell and from concepts such as educationalization, transnationality, and configuration, among other heuristic tools, the authors provide an original and cross-disciplinary analysis of Deschooling Society and its place in Illich’s journey.

About the authors

Rosa Bruno-Jofré is a professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. James Scott Johnston is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. Gonzalo Jover is a professor in the Department of Educational Theory and H

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Jon Igelmo Zaldívar is a Juan de la Cierva post-doctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the University of Deusto, Spain.

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