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The Prophet of Cuernavaca
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The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West

Todd Hartch


Catholic priest and social critic Ivan Illich is best known for books like Deschooling Society and Medical Nemesis that skewered the dominant institutions of the West in the 1970s. Although commissioned in 1961 by American bishops to run a missionary-training center in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Illich emerged as one of the major critics of the missionary movement. As Illich became a more controversial figure, his center evolved into CIDOC (Centro Intercultural de Documentación), a sort of informal university and Spanish school that attracted a diverse group of intellectuals and seekers from around t ... More

Keywords: Ivan Illich, Cuernavaca, CIDOC, modernity, Catholic Church, missions, Mexico, Deschooling Society, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190204563
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Hartch, author
Eastern Kentucky University