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Examining the "Didascalicon" of Hugh of St. Victor, Illich celebrates the culture of the book from the twelfth century to the present. Hugh's work, at once an encyclopedia and guide to the art of reading, reveals a twelfth-century revolution as sweeping as that brought about by the invention of the printing press and equal in magnitude only to the changes of the computer age--the transition from reading as a vocal activity done in the monastery to reading as a predominantly silent activity performed by and for individuals.
Historian, philosopher, educator, and social critic, Ivan Illich was born in Vienna in 1926 and currently resides in Mexico, Germany, and Japan. His main works include "Gender, Toward a History of Needs, Medical Nemesis, " and "ABC-The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind." Since 1985, he has been professor of philosophy at Pennsylvania State University.
|Series||Commentary to Hugh's Didascalicon|
|Publication Date||June 15, 1996|
|Primary Category||Reference/Questions & Answers|