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Matthew B. Crawford

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Crawford has a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Biography: Crawford is a philosopher and mechanic. He has a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Chicago. While there, he served as a postdoctoral fellow on its Committee on Social Thought. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and owns and operates ''Shockoe Moto'', an independent motorcycle repair shop in Richmond, Virginia.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Matthew B. Crawford on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Shop class as soulcraft :
ISBN: 1594202230 OCLC: 276819738

In this wise and often funny book, a philosopher/mechanic systematically destroys the pretensions of the high-prestige workplace and makes an irresistible case for working with one's hands.

The case for working with your hands, or, Why office work is bad for us and fixing things feels good /
ISBN: 0141047291 OCLC: 656767066

Penguin, London : 2011.

Why do some jobs offer fulfilment while others leave us frustrated? In this inspiring and persuasive book, Matthew Crawford brings to life the immense psychological and intellectual satisfactions of making and fixing things, arguing that the skilled manual trades may be one of the few sure paths to a good living.