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The Rivers North of the Future by David Cayley
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Dec 09, 11

Radical social critic Ivan Illich provides a bigger picture of modernity in this work, adapted from interviews with him near the end of his life. He basically argues that modernity is a corruption of Christianity, which has both good and bad consequences. His ideas are nothing if not thought-provoking; he highlights many features of modern society we take for granted and offers unexpected alternatives. As a work of refined philosophical history this book is insufficiently organized and argued, but its ideas are certainly fertile.

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