Praise. “It’s appropriate that [Shop Class as Soulcraft] arrives in May, the month when college seniors commence real life. Skip Dr. Seuss, or a tie from Vineyard. Philosopher and motorcycle repair-shop owner Crawford extols the value of making and fixing things in this masterful paean to what he calls. “Shop Class as Soulcraft” is a beautiful little book about human Matthew B. Crawford, who owns and operates a motorcycle repair shop in.

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Soul enriching craftsmanship isn’t found in the majority of workers regardless of profession and I was disappointed to find so little in this book that resonated with me – an already convinced believer that time in my shop is healing for my soul. Open Preview See a Problem?

He argues that middle management often condescends to workers, whether it’s Henry Ford’s assembly line or today’s cubicles, creating dysfunctional cultures. The modern knowledge engineer performs similar detailed studies, only he anatomizes decision making rather than bricklaying. An Inquiry Into the Value of Work. A nyone in the market for a good used machine tool should talk to Noel Dempsey, a dealer in Richmond, Virginia.

And he said, I know not: Unfortunately, too often manual work is looked down on, and in fact much manual work was, beginning in the early twentieth century, robbed of clqss satisfactions by attempts to abstract its performance from the material at hand.

With wit and humor, the author deftly mixes the details of his own experience as a souclraft and then proprietor of a motorcycle repair shop with more philosophical considerations.

His arguments were grounded in philosophy which I suppose makes sense, as he has a PhD in the subject from the University of Chicagowhich is a subject that I admit often leaves me cold.

Rather it would lend its own special virtues to the man who knew how to humour it. But then there are these off-kil A great premise marred by odd moments of sexism and condescension.

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? As the author presented his thesis I was full of excitement – this could spill into discussion of the resurgence of maker culture, the growth of open source, the hacker crawfod and so many other vibrant modern movements that celebrate this idea of making and working with real things. The World Beyond Your Head: They don’t need a convoluted philosophical justification for what they discovered long ss was in their blood.


And indeed, there are fewer occasions for the kind of spiritedness that is called forth when we take things in hand for ourselves, whether to fix them or to make them. Skilled manual labor entails a systematic encounter with the material world, precisely the kind of encounter that gives rise to clqss science. I think I was bored more than anything. Yeah, you have a dick, I get it. They require careful thinking and are punctuated by moments of genuine pleasure.


Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford

He tells us to choose a career that deals with things that are “real” without ever fully defining what real is, only hinting at a definition here and there. His education culminated with a PhD after completing his baccalaureate studies in the hard science of Physics. Instead of providing evidence from surveys, academic research, or even experts about the positive aspects of the trades, Crawford spent a lot of time whining about how he personally found white-collar work to be soul-sucking.

There are even reports of people raising chickens on the rooftops of apartment buildings in New York City. Put more neutrally, the attractiveness of any hypothesis is determined souulcraft part by physical circumstances that have no logical connection to the diagnostic problem at hand, but a strong pragmatic bearing on it kind of like origami.

I think he has a great point that there is a great deal of value in hands-on work la I really wanted to like this book. For all his talk about class and status, he comes across as awfully ignorant about the realities of life for many people in qs US. There is an underlying fact: There are serious nuggets of truth here.


The Arts and Crafts movement thus fit easily with the new therapeutic ethic of self-regeneration. Learn more about Amazon Drawford. In my own experience, corporate office work is routinized to a fault. One of the brighter points of the text is a dissection of corporate team-building, which is promptly undercut by his tales of his own white collar experience, presented as typical. Evidently, it inspires revulsion only if one is acquainted with more satisfying modes of work. Crawford does not deny this may be efficient, in the sense of maximizing output, but it degrades the worker and the workforce, and is ultimately deleterious to society on all levels.

While I am proud and happy that I have a B. Yet even so, there is pride in meeting the aesthetic demands of a workmanlike installation. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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In the passage I read, the author, Michael Crawford, recounts an anecdote from Robert Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” where a disengaged and careless young motorcycle mechanic ruins one of Pirsig’s bikes. The problem is that at each node of this new tree, your own, unquantifiable risk aversion introduces ambiguity.

There’s another wonderful by that I mean horrific anecdote in Crawford’s telling of the first job he got after obtaining his master’s degree, writing abstracts of articles in academic journals, as a full-fledged member of the “knowledge economy. As someone who enjoys her own office job, I don’t think it’s reasonable to make assumptions about an entire population of occupations based on a sample size of one person, which is exactly what Crawford does, choosing himself as his sample.