Shop Class as Soulcraft
  • Author : Matthew B. Crawford
  • Release Date : 28 May 2009
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Genre : Philosophy
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 13 : 9781101057292
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Book excerpt: A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands "This is a deep exploration of craftsmanship by someone with real, hands-on knowledge. The book is also quirky, surprising, and sometimes quite moving." —Richard Sennett, author of The Craftsman Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" by The Boston Globe, Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a "knowledge worker," based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world.

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Author : Matthew B. Crawford
Publisher : Penguin
Genre : Philosophy
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A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands "This is a deep exploration of craftsmanship by someone with real, hands-on knowledge. The book is also quirky, surprising, and sometimes quite moving." —Richard Sennett, author of The Craftsman Called "the sleeper ...

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Author : Matthew B. Crawford
Publisher : Penguin
Genre : Philosophy
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A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands "This is a deep exploration of craftsmanship by someone with real, hands-on knowledge. The book is also quirky, surprising, and sometimes quite moving." —Richard Sennett, author of The Craftsman Called "the sleeper ...

The World Beyond Your Head

The World Beyond Your Head

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Publisher : Penguin Canada
Genre : Science
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Publisher : HarperCollins
Genre : Transportation
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Shop Class as Soulcraft

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Publisher : Penguin
Genre : Business & Economics
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Publisher : Random House
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Publisher : Penguin UK
Genre : Philosophy
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Publisher : Verso Books
Genre : Political Science
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Publisher : Unknown
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Publisher : Penguin UK
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