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Shop Class as Soulcraft

An Inquiry Into the Value of Work

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

Shop Class as Soulcraft (2009) is an eye-opening view into how working with your hands can transform your life. These blinks take a look at the changing nature of work, the value of manual labor and how choosing a trade, as opposed to a profession, might be your ticket to happiness.

  • Academics and students who aren’t sure if a life of theoretical work is for them
  • Readers who want to learn more about the philosophy and psychology of manual work
  • Anybody who’s fed up with working in a cubicle and wants a way out

Matthew B. Crawford is a philosopher and motorcycle mechanic. He earned a Ph.D. in political philosophy and took a job at a Washington D.C. think tank but wasn’t satisfied. So he changed course to open an independent motorcycle repair shop and is still pursuing academia as a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

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