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Here, we explore the life and work of Ivan Illich and his circle of collaborators. There's no comprehensive index to the articles published, but we invite you to use the Search box, to the left, and to explore the Archive links that appear at the bottom of each page. Comments are welcomed.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ivan Illich and Stanley Hauerwas on Crisis, Time, Panic, and Patience

Another paper referencing Illich has come to our attention: "Outflanking the Bureaucratic Production of Urgency: Ivan Illich and Stanley Hauerwas on Crisis and the Cultivation of Patience," by Ben Kautzer of University of Nottingham. It is available in PDF format here. It's a thoughtful essay that reflects on Illich's thoughts about crisis, speed, and time and then, following Stanley Hauerwas, suggests "that an alternative perception of time capable of resisting the politics of panic is best rooted in the practice of patience."

We first encountered Mr. Kautzer's name at his blog, Musings East of the City, where in 2009 he wrote a sympathetic piece about Illich's reading of the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

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