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Ivan Illich

1926 - 2002

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Ivan Dominic Illich ( iv-AHN IL-itch, German: [ˈiːvan ˈɪlɪtʃ]; 4 September 1926 – 2 December 2002) was an Austrian Roman Catholic priest, theologian, philosopher, and social critic. His 1971 book Deschooling Society criticises modern society's institutional approach to education, an approach that constrains learning to narrow situations in a fairly short period of the human lifespan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ivan Illich has received more than 822,563 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Ivan Illich is the 245th most popular philosopher (down from 235th in 2019), the 131st most popular biography from Austria (down from 111th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Austrian Philosopher.

Ivan Illich is most famous for his book, Deschooling Society. In this book, he argues that schools are not the best way to educate people, and that they actually do more harm than good.

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Among philosophers, Ivan Illich ranks 245 out of 1,081Before him are Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Epimenides, Nikolai Berdyaev, Guy Debord, François Fénelon, and Apollodorus of Athens. After him are Thomas Carlyle, Theano, Ibn al-Nafis, Celsus, Vyasa, and Orosius.

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Among people born in 1926, Ivan Illich ranks 26Before him are Hugh Hefner, Paul Bocuse, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, John Coltrane, Allen Ginsberg, and Harper Lee. After him are Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Jerry Lewis, Clifford Geertz, David Attenborough, Ben Roy Mottelson, and Leopoldo Galtieri. Among people deceased in 2002, Ivan Illich ranks 18Before him are Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Traudl Junge, László Kubala, Niki de Saint Phalle, Chuck Jones, and James Coburn. After him are Rod Steiger, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Camilo José Cela, Linda Lovelace, Edsger W. Dijkstra, and Robert Nozick.

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Among people born in Austria, Ivan Illich ranks 131 out of 1,237Before him are Roman von Ungern-Sternberg (1886), Dietrich Mateschitz (1944), Karl Thomas Mozart (1784), Helmut Berger (1944), Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria (1756), and Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874). After him are Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este (1754), Archduchess Maria Josepha of Austria (1751), Maria Josepha of Austria (1699), Anna Maria Mozart (1720), Hans Selye (1907), and Ernest, Duke of Austria (1377).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Ivan Illich ranks 6Before him are Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), Karl Popper (1902), Martin Buber (1878), Paul Feyerabend (1924), and Josef Breuer (1842). After him are Otto Weininger (1880), Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), André Gorz (1923), Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757), and Jean Améry (1912).