The Incomparable David Cayley

February 11, 2021
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The Incomparable David Cayley

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WN: Introduction

Below is a clickable list of many of David Cayley’s Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) about 50-minute-long podcasts. They were presented between 1980 and 2012, the latter date when he retired.

Who is David Cayley? To quote theologian Brad Jersak, Clarion Journal‘s curator: I think he’s truly among Canada’s greatest thinkers. Few who know his work would take issue with Brad’s assessment.

And to cite the Wikipedia article:

David Cayley is a Toronto-based Canadian writer and broadcaster, who is known for documenting the philosophy of prominent thinkers of the 20th century—Ivan Illich, Northrop Frye, George Grant, and Rene Girard. His work has been broadcast on CBC Radio One’s programme Ideas.

An expanded list of Cayley’s Works is to be found on his website here. The list includes the podcasts itemized, but is not clickable. I will encourage David, whom I’ve happily known since the early 1990s, to make everything clickable.

David possesses a rare ability to make some of the most convoluted yet brilliant thinkers understandable! He does that invariably with all whom he interviews. His mellifluous tones and straightforward arrangement of interview material on his broadcasts beguiles a “Renaissance Man” at work. (He would likely not accept such a view–then point to any number of whom he thinks are/were such.)

He has just published a massive 560-page volume: Ivan Illich: An Intellectual Journey. (And right now (February 2021), Penn State University Press is offering a 30% discount.) David by the way has interviewed and written about Illich over many years.1

Indeed: every person or subject Cayley turns broadcast/written attention to is elevated for all willing to be taken on a grand “intellectual journey.” But he is a broadcaster, not an academic of the sort who writes mainly for his/her own peers or in his/her circumscribed field. His range of inquiry is astounding. For instance:

All Cayley’s books had their genesis in his broadcasts. His latest on Illich is only in part an exception.

Cayley comes out of the Anglican tradition. I told him a few times over the years that he should be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Theology. He always laughed, and said that would indeed have made his parents happy . . . Then it happened in 2010, when he received an Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Letters from Thornloe University, an Anglican Church of Canada affiliated institution.

Finally, go also for sure to his website, where you may browse and linger to your heart’s content! It is introduced by him thus:

For more than thirty years (1980-2012) I made radio documentaries for CBC Radio’s Ideas series. The most recent of the more than 250 programmes remain available on the Ideas website, but the rest languish unknown, unheard and inaccessible in the CBC Archives.  Because the means are now available to keep these public broadcasts in circulation, I have developed this site in order to share this work with students, scholars and interested members of the public. From time to time I will post and introduce a new series until all this work is archived and available.

The podcast index lists the interviewees in every programme on the site. Links will connect you to the series that remain available from Ideas. Under Works you can find a catalogue of my books, articles and lectures, along with a complete and chronological inventory of my broadcasting work since 1980.

The Blog presents current reviews, lectures, and other occasional writings. The Transcripts page has transcriptions of most of the series I’ve posted. The CBC began making and selling transcripts of Ideas series in 1982 and gradually phased out this business after 2006, so there are some series from before and after these dates that are unavailable.  There are also a few that I have only in hard copy.  I will scan these and add them, as time allows.

Everything below is clickable. Enjoy your foraging and ruminating. A nurturing feast wherever you turn!

Podcasts List – David Cayley

The Rebellions of 1837, Part Three

Posted: 19 Mar 2016 01:15 PM PDT

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The Rebellions of 1837, Part Four

Posted: 19 Mar 2016 01:12 PM PDT

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Richard Cartwright and the Roots of Canadian Conservatism

Posted: 05 Mar 2016 01:31 PM PST

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Richard Cartwright and the Roots of Canadian Conservatism, Part Two

Posted: 05 Mar 2016 01:31 PM PST

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Richard Cartwright and the Roots of Canadian Conservatism, Part Three

Posted: 05 Mar 2016 01:31 PM PST

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The Loyalists

Posted: 28 Feb 2016 02:37 PM PST

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The Loyalists, Part Two

Posted: 28 Feb 2016 02:35 PM PST

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Literacy: The Medium and the Message

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 02:45 PM PST

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Literacy: The Medium and the Message Part Two

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 02:45 PM PST

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Literacy: The Medium and the Message Part Three

Posted: 21 Feb 2016 02:45 PM PST

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The Legacy of Harold Innis

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 09:13 AM PST

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The Legacy of Harold Innis Part Two

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 09:13 AM PST

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The Legacy of Harold Innis Part Three

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 09:12 AM PST

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Charles Taylor: The Malaise of Modernity

Posted: 31 Oct 2015 01:53 PM PDT

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The Malaise of Modernity Part Two

Posted: 31 Oct 2015 01:53 PM PDT

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The Malaise of Modernity Part Three

Posted: 31 Oct 2015 01:52 PM PDT

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The Malaise of Modernity Part Four

Posted: 31 Oct 2015 01:52 PM PDT

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The Malaise of Modernity Part Five

Posted: 31 Oct 2015 01:51 PM PDT

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History Beneath the Skin

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 01:08 PM PDT

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History Beneath the Skin Part Two

Posted: 03 Oct 2015 01:03 PM PDT

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Beyond Institutions

Posted: 17 Aug 2015 12:19 PM PDT

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Beyond Institutions Part Two

Posted: 17 Aug 2015 12:19 PM PDT

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Beyond Institutions Part Three

Posted: 17 Aug 2015 12:18 PM PDT

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Beyond Institutions Part Four

Posted: 17 Aug 2015 12:18 PM PDT

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Beyond Institutions Part Five

Posted: 17 Aug 2015 12:18 PM PDT

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Beyond Institutions Part Six

Posted: 17 Aug 2015 12:18 PM PDT

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To Hurt or To Heal

Posted: 14 Jun 2015 03:51 PM PDT

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To Hurt or To Heal Part Two

Posted: 14 Jun 2015 03:49 PM PDT

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To Hurt or To Heal Part Three

Posted: 14 Jun 2015 03:47 PM PDT

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To Hurt or To Heal Part Four

Posted: 14 Jun 2015 03:45 PM PDT

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To Hurt or To Heal Part Five

Posted: 14 Jun 2015 03:41 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:26 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives Part Two

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:10 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives Part Three

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:10 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives Part Four

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:09 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives Part Five

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:08 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives Part Six

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:08 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives Part Seven

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:08 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives Part Eight

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:08 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives Part Nine

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:07 PM PDT

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Prison and Its Alternatives Part Ten

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 12:07 PM PDT

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The God Who May Be

Posted: 23 May 2015 09:20 AM PDT

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The God Who May Be Part Two

Posted: 23 May 2015 09:19 AM PDT

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The God Who May Be Part Three

Posted: 23 May 2015 09:18 AM PDT

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Between Two Ages

Posted: 09 May 2015 09:48 AM PDT

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Between Two Ages Part Two

Posted: 09 May 2015 09:48 AM PDT

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Between Two Ages Part Three

Posted: 09 May 2015 09:48 AM PDT

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Between Two Ages Part Four

Posted: 09 May 2015 09:48 AM PDT

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Between Two Ages Part Five

Posted: 09 May 2015 09:48 AM PDT

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Life As Idol

Posted: 19 Apr 2015 03:19 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:14 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Two

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:14 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Three

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:14 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Four

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:14 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Five

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:14 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Six

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:13 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Seven

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:13 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Eight

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:13 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Nine

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:13 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Ten

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:12 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Eleven

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:12 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Twelve

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:11 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Thirteen

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:11 PM PDT

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The Origins of the Modern Public Part Fourteen

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 02:11 PM PDT

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The Myth of the Secular

Posted: 21 Mar 2015 01:41 PM PDT

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The Myth of the Secular Part Two

Posted: 21 Mar 2015 01:40 PM PDT

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The Myth of the Secular Part Three

Posted: 21 Mar 2015 01:39 PM PDT

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The Myth of the Secular Part Four

Posted: 21 Mar 2015 01:38 PM PDT

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The Myth of the Secular Part Five

Posted: 21 Mar 2015 01:37 PM PDT

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The Myth of the Secular Part Six

Posted: 21 Mar 2015 01:36 PM PDT

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The Myth of the Secular Part Seven

Posted: 21 Mar 2015 01:35 PM PDT

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On Violence and Religion

Posted: 14 Mar 2015 12:32 PM PDT

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On Violence and Religion Part Two

Posted: 14 Mar 2015 12:32 PM PDT

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The Scapegoat: René Girard’s Anthropology of Violence and Religion

Posted: 08 Mar 2015 09:48 AM PDT

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The Scapegoat: René Girard’s Anthopology of Violence and Religion Part Two

Posted: 08 Mar 2015 09:48 AM PDT

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The Scapegoat: René Girard’s Anthropology of Violence and Religion Part Three

Posted: 08 Mar 2015 09:48 AM PDT

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The Scapegoat: René Girard’s Anthopology of Violence and Religion Part Four

Posted: 08 Mar 2015 09:47 AM PDT

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The Scapegoat: René Girard’s Anthropology of Violence and Religion Part Five

Posted: 08 Mar 2015 09:47 AM PDT

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John McKnight: Community and Its Counterfeits

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 09:51 AM PST

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John McKnight: Community and Its Counterfeits Part Two

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 09:51 AM PST

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John McKnight: Community and Counterfeits Part Three

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 09:50 AM PST

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George Grant: The Moving Image of Eternity

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 02:49 PM PST

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George Grant: The Moving Image of Eternity Part Two

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 02:49 PM PST

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George Grant: The Moving Image of Eternity Part Three

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 02:49 PM PST

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William Blake: Prophet of a New Age

Posted: 07 Feb 2015 09:43 AM PST

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William Blake: Prophet of a New Age Part Two

Posted: 07 Feb 2015 09:42 AM PST

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William Blake: Prophet of a New Age Part Three

Posted: 07 Feb 2015 09:40 AM PST

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Crime Control As Industry

Posted: 24 Jan 2015 01:39 PM PST

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Crime Control As Industry Part Two

Posted: 24 Jan 2015 01:38 PM PST

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Crime Control As Industry Part Three

Posted: 24 Jan 2015 01:38 PM PST

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Puppet Uprising: The Art of Peter Schumann’s Bread and Puppet Theater

Posted: 09 Jan 2015 10:00 AM PST

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Puppet Uprising: The Art of Peter Schumann’s Bread and Puppet Theater Part Two

Posted: 09 Jan 2015 10:00 AM PST

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Puppet Uprising: The Art of Peter Schumann’s Bread and Puppet Theater Part Three

Posted: 09 Jan 2015 09:59 AM PST

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Puppet Uprising: The Art of Peter Schumann’s Bread and Puppet Theater Part Four

Posted: 09 Jan 2015 09:58 AM PST

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Doctoring the Family

Posted: 27 Dec 2014 12:10 PM PST

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Doctoring the Family Part Two

Posted: 27 Dec 2014 11:50 AM PST

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Doctoring the Family Part Three

Posted: 27 Dec 2014 11:47 AM PST

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Doctoring The Family Part Four

Posted: 27 Dec 2014 11:13 AM PST

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The Corruption of Christianity: Ivan Illich on Gospel, Church and Society

Posted: 11 Dec 2014 07:20 PM PST

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Corruption of Christianity Part Two

Posted: 11 Dec 2014 07:10 PM PST

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Corruption of Christianity Part Three

Posted: 11 Dec 2014 07:00 PM PST

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Corruption of Christianity Part Four

Posted: 11 Dec 2014 06:50 PM PST

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Corruption of Christianity Part Five

Posted: 11 Dec 2014 06:39 PM PST

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Part Moon, Part Travelling Salesman: Conversations with Ivan Illich

Posted: 06 Nov 2014 09:46 AM PST

Part Moon, Part Travelling Salesman: Conversations with Ivan Illich

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Part Moon, Part Travelling Salesman Part 2

Posted: 06 Nov 2014 09:45 AM PST

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Part Moon, Part Travelling Salesman Part 3

Posted: 06 Nov 2014 09:44 AM PST

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Part Moon, Part Travelling Salesman Part 4

Posted: 06 Nov 2014 09:43 AM PST

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Part Moon, Part Travelling Salesman Part 5

Posted: 06 Nov 2014 09:40 AM PST

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Enlightened By Love: The LIfe and Thought of Simone Weil

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 02:05 PM PDT

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Enlightened by Love Part 2

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 02:04 PM PDT

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Enlightened By Love Part 3

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 02:03 PM PDT

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Enlightened By Love Part 4

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 02:01 PM PDT

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Enlightened By Love Part 5

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 02:00 PM PDT

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Markets and Society: the Life and Thought of Karl Polanyi

Posted: 14 Oct 2014 09:04 AM PDT

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Markets and Society Part 2

Posted: 14 Oct 2014 09:03 AM PDT

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Markets and Society Part 3

Posted: 14 Oct 2014 09:02 AM PDT

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Markets and Society Part 4

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Markets and Society Part 5

Posted: 14 Oct 2014 09:00 AM PDT

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Footnotes
  1. You may ask as well: Who is Ivan Illich? Penn State University Press has this to say:

    In the eighteen years since Ivan Illich’s death, David Cayley has been reflecting on the meaning of his friend and teacher’s life and work. Now, in Ivan Illich: An Intellectual Journey, he presents Illich’s body of thought, locating it in its own time and retrieving its relevance for ours.

    Ivan Illich (1926–2002) was a revolutionary figure in the Roman Catholic Church and in the wider field of cultural criticism that began to take shape in the 1960s. His advocacy of a new, de-clericalized church and his opposition to American missionary programs in Latin America, which he saw as reactionary and imperialist, brought him into conflict with the Vatican and led him to withdraw from direct service to the church in 1969. His institutional critiques of the 1970s, from Deschooling Society to Medical Nemesis, promoted what he called institutional or cultural revolution. The last twenty years of his life were occupied with developing his theory of modernity as an extension of church history. Ranging over every phase of Illich’s career and meditating on each of his books, Cayley finds Illich to be as relevant today as ever and more likely to be understood, now that the many convergent crises he foresaw are in full public view and the church that rejected him is paralyzed in its “folkloric” shell.

    Not a conventional biography, though attentive to how Illich lived, Cayley’s book is “continuing a conversation” with Illich that will engage anyone who is interested in theology, philosophy, history, and the Catholic Church.[]

Editor

Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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