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Tools for Conviviality

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  313 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Questo libro analizza la particolare relazione uomo-strumento che si è affermata nel contesto della società industriale.
Paperback, 110 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers (first published January 1st 1973)
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Nov 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Having a rather anti-professional stance myself, I was happy to come across Illich's work. He raises a lot of interesting issues and ideas. His basic premise is that over-industrialization has fashioned us into dependent clients of a professional elite. Or, in other words, our tools (using "tools" in the broadest sense, meaning both industry and social systems) have developed beyond our ability to use them as individuals/communities. We cannot learn on our own; we cannot heal on our own; etc. Sa ...more
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Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Illich is an author that I frequently find being quoted by numerous authors that I value and respect. It was time for me to read directly from the source. This book was originally published in 1973, but it has stood the test of time, and Illich's insights into the nature of present day technologies and the need for fundamental technology reform are as relevant today as they were then. At the core of Illich's argument is a call to develop and implement technologies that promote and sustain the cr ...more
Jan 12, 2008 marked it as to-read
How to live together without power or dehumanizing each other? Sounds good in my book. I love Ivan Illich.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, education
It is one of the most brilliant book i have ever read in recent time.The book was primarily written for the post industrial era of the west but the book seems more relevant and very appropriate now.He uses the term "Engineering obsolescence" to show how the modern world produces men for the sake of tools once the tools become obsolete the corresponding men also become obsolete and outdated.So the modern world and what he call us "impovershing wealth" with its tools takes away vital skills of the ...more
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy
Much as I find Illich's social aims to be congruent with my own I still couldn't get into this book. As radical as Illich is (or is known to be) I found his views almost conservative in this book. For one there's a distorted romanticism with the past, as in admiring the builders of the pyramids because they were physically invested in their labor, as opposed to it being mediated by technology; ancient Egypt hardly seems like a beacon for a progressive labor movement. Also rolled my eyes at a "co ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before reading this, I already shared a lot of his theses -- state socialism and capitalism are sides of an industrial coin; it is the structure of growth-focused institutions that is a problem, not who masters the structure; medicine, schooling, and transportation are corrupted and corrupting tools; credentialism and professional-protectionism are damaging society deeply;

But — and — this gave me the opportunity to do much more than self-congratulatorily stroke my pet bailiwick.

Win Win. Within
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
If you are interested in science and technology studies, this is pretty cool, from a historical standpoint, anyway. If you are not, you will probably be disoriented - as I was - by Illich's occasional casual remarks to the effect that he thinks Mao is doing a great job in China and maybe one day the United States will follow his lead. So.
The seeds of SonicRim's basic philosophy in respecting, harnessing and empowering the creativity and imagination of everyday people can be found in the brilliant vision of a Convivial Future outlined by Illich
Oct 15, 2008 added it
Ivan Illich is very smart, and a neglected perspective for radicals that I hope changes. I feel like there are not many people how have a perspective like he does even though he's written a few decades ago now.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This essay takes a critical look at many large systems and structures that we take for granted. Read this if you like to think deeply about how society shapes you.
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Ivan Illich was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest and critic of the institutions of contemporary western culture and their effects of the provenance and practice of education, medicine, work, energy use, and economic development.
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“Societies in which most people depend for most of their goods and services on the personal whim, kindness, or skill of another are called underdeveloped, while those in which living has been transformed into a process of ordering from an all-encompassing store catalogue are called advanced.” 9 likes
“Industrial innovations are costly, and managers must justify their high cost by producing measurable proof of their
superiority... [P]eriodic innovations in goods or tools foster the belief that anything new will be proven better. This belief has become an integral part of the modern world view. It is forgotten that whenever a society lives by this delusion, each marketed unit generates more wants than it satisfies. If new things are made because they are better, then the things most people use are not quite good. New models constantly renovate poverty. The consumer feels the lag between what he has and what he ought to get. He believes that products can be made measurably more valuable and allows himself to be constantly re-educated for their consumption. The "better" replaces the "good" as the fundamental normative concept.”
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