Ivan Illich

1926 - 2002

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Ivan Dominic Illich (; 4 September 1926 – 2 December 2002) was a 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 605,288 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Ivan Illich is the 235th most popular philosopher (up from 244th in 2019), the 111th most popular biography from Austria (up from 118th in 2019) and the 7th 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 235 out of 1,089Before him are Celsus, Epimenides, William Godwin, Thomas Carlyle, Baltasar Gracián, and Michael Psellos. After him are Cratylus, Ernst Bloch, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Guy Debord, Iamblichus, and Milarepa.

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Among people born in 1926, Ivan Illich ranks 25Before him are Jerry Lewis, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Paul Bocuse, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, John Coltrane, and Allen Ginsberg. After him are Harper Lee, Clifford Geertz, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Jack Brabham, Louise Hay, and Beji Caid Essebsi. Among people deceased in 2002, Ivan Illich ranks 18Before him are Chuck Jones, Traudl Junge, Vavá, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, James Coburn, and Niki de Saint Phalle. After him are Rod Steiger, Camilo José Cela, Robert Nozick, James Tobin, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, and Fritz Walter.

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Among people born in Austria, Ivan Illich ranks 111 out of 1,075Before him are Paula Hitler (1896), Christoph Waltz (1956), Baroness Mary Vetsera (1871), Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (1643), Archduchess Sophie of Austria (1855), and Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865). After him are Karl Polanyi (1886), Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria (1738), Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874), Ernst Happel (1925), Amon Göth (1908), and Maria Josepha of Austria (1699).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Ivan Illich ranks 7Before him are Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), Karl Popper (1902), Emil Cioran (1911), Martin Buber (1878), Josef Breuer (1842), and Paul Feyerabend (1924). After him are Otto Weininger (1880), Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), André Gorz (1923), Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757), and Jean Améry (1912).