Under the title "Actualité d'Ivan Illich," a French journal called Esprit recently published nine articles pertaining to Illich. Several are translations of papers previously published in English and German. The first article, an introduction by Jean Robert et Thierry Paquot, is available for downloading at no charge. A fee - exactly how much, we're not sure - is charged for the others, though the first page of each is available gratis.
Actualité d'Ivan Illich
Jean Robert et Thierry Paquot
Introduction. Monument ou chantier ?
L'héritage intellectuel d'Ivan Illich (1926-2002)
1. Construction et autocritique d'une œuvre
Un penseur "contre-productif" ?
Illich, seconde période
Les instruments d'un pouvoir sur autrui
Le texte et l'université : idée et histoire d'une institution unique
2. Anticipations et resonances
Le rôle des professions
Silvia Grünig Iribarren
Promenades et questions d'une urbaniste
Silja Samerski et Ivan Illich
Critique de la pensée du risque
L'énergie, un objet social
Illich's work has appeared in Esprit since the 1960s, it turns out. Esprit is offering a set of all the articles by and about Illich that it has published for 50 Euros. This includes three editions from the 1970s that are largely devoted to Illich.
On page 120 of the book Ivan Illich in Conversation, Illich notes that it was Esprit's publisher, Jean Domenach, who suggested that he study Japanese as way to gain distance from the Western society he wished to dissect. Evidently, Illich tried but, he told David Cayley, "I found out that my brain was already too used up. I couldn't do it" - an artifact of age that we ourselves have come to know only too well.